Purpose of committee
Most planning applications received by the council are decided by a planning officer. However, some applications are decided at the monthly planning committee. These are usually high-profile cases which have generated public interest.
The planning officers prepare a detailed report for each application considered by the committee. This report includes an assessment of the proposal, comments from consultees (such as the Environment Agency, the local Civic Society, and internal sources such as conservation and tree officers) and any written submissions sent by members of the public. The report ends with a recommendation to the members. Photographs and plans are available to assist committee members in their considerations. Council officers attend the meeting to advise members and to answer any questions arising from the debates.
The committee can approve, refuse or (occasionally) defer an application. Decision notices are issued within two working days of the committee meeting via Public Access.
We encourage public involvement in the planning process and members of the public have the opportunity to put their views on a planning proposal direct to the planning committee. The opportunity to speak at the planning committee is in addition to the statutory process of written submissions. One speaker in support and one in objection is allowed to speak, in addition to ward and parish councillors. For more information about speaking at planning committee please read our guide on having your say at planning committee.
- Councillor Paul Baker (Chair)
- Councillor Garth Barnes (Vice-Chair)
- Councillor Glenn Andrews
- Councillor Adrian Bamford
- Councillor Bernard Fisher
- Councillor Paul McCloskey
- Councillor Emma Nelson
- Councillor Tony Oliver
- Councillor John Payne
- Councillor Diggory Seacome
- Councillor Simon Wheeler
- Councillor Stephan Fifield (Reserve)
- Councillor Barbara Clark (Reserve)
Support officer: Claire Morris. 01242 264130
Phone: 01242 264130