Planning Process and Committee

Download a summary of the Planning Process

Currently, decisions on planning applications are made in one of the following ways:

  • At an internal weekly meeting, where the decision is delegated to the Head of Department. These arrangement​s are part of the Council's Standing Orders. Most decisions on planning applications are made this way.
  • At a meeting of the Planning and Highways Committe​e. The Committee generally considers applications for larger or more controversial developments. The Committee meets about every three weeks. There are no meetings during August.
  • You can view the agendas and minutes of past Planning and Highways Committees and also provisional agendas of future Planning and Highways Committees

    If you are an applicant, or someone who has made written comments on an application, and the application is to be considered by the Planning Committee, you may attend the Committee Meeting at which the application is being considered. At the discretion of the Chair of the Committee, the applicant and an objector (or someone representing a group of objectors) can speak at the meeting.

    There are Planning and Highways Committee Guidance Notes for Public Speakers especially for people wishing to speak at a Committee meeting.

    Please note: Attendees of the Planning Committee with impaired hearing can obtain a hearing loop device or headphones from the County Hall Reception