Members of the public are welcome to speak about specific applications at planning committee meetings.
Meetings are held every Tuesday at 6.30pm at Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP.
View committee calendar for agendas, times, dates and locations of meetings.
Each speaker will be allowed 3 minutes. The number of speakers per application is:
|Major applications sub-committee||4 speakers (2 for and 2 against)|
|Minor and householder applications sub-committee||2 speakers (1 for and 1 against)|
If the number of requests to speak exceeds the number of slots, we will (with your consent) share your name and contact details with other like-minded speakers. It will then be up to you as a group to decide who will speak on your behalf, or share the time between you. The deadline for responding with your decision is midday on Monday, the day before the meeting.
If no decision is made the speakers will be chosen via ballot.
Interested councillors and amenity societies will also be allowed to speak on applications in addition to the above limits.
Applications will open just over 1 week before the meeting.
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.
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, there will be no further public speaking when it is discussed again, unless new issues are raised.
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.