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Planning applications committee

Committee meetings

Details of forthcoming Planning Applications committee meetings can be found on the Democratic section of the website.

A full agenda, containing officers reports, will also be made available online a few days before the meeting. Minutes and reports from previous meetings are also online, dating back as far as May 2004.

The role of planning applications committee

The planning applications committee is made up of 14 elected members. Its purpose is to make decisions on important applications. These decisions will take into account the officers' reports and recommendations as well the views of the applicant and of interested and affected parties. Planning applications that are considered by the Planning Applications Committee are normally those which are large, economically significant, contentious in nature, or where objections have been received by neighbours or from other affected bodies or organisations.

Please note that only a minority (around 15%) of all planning applications go to Committee. The remainder of applications are delegated to the Director of Economic Growth, to be decided in accordance with accepted policy and guidelines.

Attending meetings and submitting your comments

Meetings take place every 4 or 5 weeks, normally on a Wednesday afternoon, starting at 1:30pm. Members of the public may attend.

You can obtain copies of the officers' report and recommendations beforehand. These are also available online.

Have your say on planning applications [pdf document]

The above document explains how the committee process works and provides guidance on how to make a statement or submit comments on an application. You can also submit comments in advance, irrespective of whether you attend.

Further information

For more details on the legal and political aspects of the committee process, see the Planning Applications committee page in the Democratic section of the website.

The protocol for Councillors and Officers dealing with planning matters can be read on the attached document [pdf document].