Planning Committee meetings are currently being held virtually.
Members of the public and interested parties are welcome to address the virtual committee. All parties who have registered to speak at a committee and have been granted a speaking slot will be sent instructions on how to attend the meeting virtually and make verbal submissions. This will include guides on how to download and set up the software and the meeting invites and passwords needed to attend.
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View committee calendar for agendas, times, dates and locations of meetings.
Applications to speak at the planning applications sub-committee 1 meeting on Tuesday 24 November 2020 will close at midday on Friday 20 November 2020.
Factors that can be taken into account to decide on planning applications are known as 'material planning considerations'. They might include:
Generally, planning decisions weigh up all the relevant material considerations, apply the level of importance to each factor and assess the cumulative impacts. The list above does not indicate the extent of an issue, eg the major or minor degree of overlooking and that will be highly relevant to decision making.
Temporary procedure rules for virtual online committees are currently in place: planning committee procedure - remote committees (PDF, 109KB)
Meetings are streamed online with video and audio. Read more about streaming of meetings.
Minutes will be taken and will record the names of speakers, which applications they relate to and whether they spoke for or against the proposal.
The minutes will be published in the meeting notes which you can find via the meetings calendar.
The committee might sometimes decide to put-off making a decision. This is known as ‘deferring the application’. They may do this if they need more information to make a decision.
Relevant parties will be informed when the application has been rescheduled for a future date. If an application is deferred and there has already been public speaking at a meeting, the previous speakers who addressed the original committee meeting will be given priority to speak at the subsequent meeting, before any speaking slots (if available) are offered to new speakers.
The laws of libel and slander are very strict. If you say something about a person in public which is not true, even if you believe it to be true, you may be sued and have to pay compensation. You are strongly advised to avoid making such comments.
The council is under a duty to protect all personal data under General Data Protection Regulations. Planning committee meetings will be recorded and any party wishing to make representations at committee should note:
The committee may intervene or terminate a presentation if it considers that there has been a personal data breach. You are therefore reminded to carefully consider the contents of your presentation before public speaking.
Examples of personal data include:
If you have any questions in addition to those already answered in this guide, please contact a committee and governance officer. Their contact details are listed in the meeting agenda which you can find via the meeting calendar.