Over the last year, all Council meetings have taken place online to minimise the risk to councillors, staff and the public from COVID 19. From the 7th of May 2021 the Council must again make its decisions in face to face publicly accessible meetings. The council is required by law to completed a risk assessment to ensure that meeting arrangements protect the safety of councillors, staff and the public. These meetings will take place in Muriel Matters House and will be facilitated in a COVID safe maner according to the latest government guidance.
The meetings will look very different and all councillors will still be using TEAMs to stream and record the meeting so that the widest number of people can access the meeting. Given requirements on social distancing there are restrictions on space in our meetings rooms so we would continue to encourage members of the public to watch meetings online (https://www.hastings.gov.uk/my-council/cm/ ) via the Council’s website.
If you do feel you need to attend in person please note places are limited and the public will be admitted approximately fifteen minutes before the start of a meeting on a first come basis via the reception area of Muriel Matters House.
Purpose of committee
Planning Committee is responsible for deciding applications for planning permission, listed building consent and conservation area consent. The council has produced a Planning Protocol, which sets out how it will deal with planning matters and this is included in part 5 of the Council’s Constitution
You can also view and make comments on current planning applications and find out more information about submitting an application.
Planning Committee meets every month. The meetings are usually held in the Council Chamber, Muriel Matters House and are open for the public to attend. Doors open at 5.45pm. Paper copies of the agenda for Planning Committee meetings are available on request from Democratic Services
The agenda and reports will be available to view on the council’s website 5 working days before the meeting.
View upcoming public committee documents for this committee on your iPad, Android Device or Blackberry Playbook with the free modern.gov app.
Public Speaking at Planning Committee
Members of the public may speak at Planning Committee where a petition of objection against the recommendation of the planning officer is received at least three clear working days before the committee meets.
Petitions must contain a minimum of ten signatories and each page of the petition must clearly state the application to which it is referring and also give the reasons for the objection. In these cases, the lead petitioner will be contacted by the Planning Department before the meeting. The applicant or their agent also has a right to speak in response to a petition. Each person making representations may speak for up to five minutes and may be asked questions by members of the Planning Committee.
The procedure allows for one person to speak against the application and one in support of the application. If two petitions are received and petitioners are making similar points, the chair (or vice chair in his / her absence) will exercise discretion and preference will be given to petitions from the immediate locality of the neighbourhood. Where two petitioners are allowed to speak the applicant may be allowed to speak for a maximum of ten minutes.
Ward Councillors may be allowed to speak immediately after the petitioner and applicant, if this has been agreed by the Chair of the committee before the meeting. Ward Councillors may speak for a maximum of five minutes but may not be asked questions.
Members of the public are not allowed to address Planning Committee members at the meeting, unless they have followed the above procedure.
- Councillor Alan Roberts (Chair)
- Councillor Ruby Cox (Vice-Chair)
- Councillor James Bacon
- Councillor Matthew Beaver
- Councillor Heather Bishop
- Councillor Paul Foster
- Councillor Ali Roark
- Councillor Sorrell Marlow-Eastwood
- Councillor Phil Scott
- Councillor Graeme Williams
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