Committee details

Planning Committee

Purpose of committee

Public speaking at Planning Committee meetings


Public speaking in support or objection to planning applications is permitted at meetings of our Planning Committee. Information on how to register to speak at a meeting is included on the agenda available online.


There are three categories of speakers for each application: one objector, one supporter and the applicant or agent. Each will be given a maximum of three minutes in which to express their views.


After all the speakers have finished speaking for an item, the chairman will open the item to the committee for debate. At the end of the debate the committee will vote on the proposal.


Terms of Reference



Number of Councillors

Planning Committee


Terms of Reference:

1.      To be responsible for exercising regulatory functions under the Town and Country Planning legislation specifically:

                 i.       Determination of planning and related applications.

               ii.       Determination of Tree Preservation and High Hedges applications.

2.      To receive and review the summary of enforcement action taken in response to breaches of control on a quarterly basis.

3.      To receive and review summaries of planning appeals on a quarterly basis or when appeals have been received as appropriate.

To make recommendations regarding:

a.    Applications for planning related permission submitted by the Council itself.

b.   Changes to the Committee’s Terms of Reference.

c.   Other matters under the Committee’s jurisdiction which, by virtue of statutory provision, must be determined by full Council.

To Resolve:

a.     Determination of planning and related applications referred to the Committee by any Member of the Council and/or the Head of Planning in accordance with the provisions set out in the Council’s Constitution.

b.    Guidelines under which the Committee shall determine its level of involvement in individual planning, building and enforcement decisions.

c.    Confirmation (or modification) of Tree Preservation Orders where there are unresolved objections.

Delegation to Officers:

a.    To the Chief Executive and Directors, the power to implement Council/Committee policies and deal with the day-to-day management of services relevant to this Committee, including the discharge of all functions of the Council, except for those which are identified above as reserved for determination by the Council, Committee or Sub-Committee.

b.    The officers referred to in a. above have the power in turn to delegate to other officers of their choice, the power to deal on their behalf and in their name with any of the above functions. Such delegation shall be in writing and signed by the relevant SMT Member and may contain such limitations or be subject to such conditions as that Officer shall decide.

c.    To the Chief Executive and Directors, the power to authorise, in writing, officers to enter on to land or to apply for a warrant and thereafter enter land pursuant to sections 196A-196C and 214B-214D of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended.





Contact information

Support officer: Democratic Services, email: tel: 01372 732000