Speaking at Planning Committee

Your right to speak

Planning applications are usually decided either by officers or by Planning Committee.

You can speak at the meetings of the Planning Committee before members of the committee take their decision. Anyone who has written to the council about a planning application will be contacted when it is due to go to committee, and told how they can speak at the committee.

Who can speak at a Planning Committee meeting

The following can speak when a planning application is being considered:

  • an applicant or their agent or representative
  • an objector or their representative
  • a ward councillor
  • any member of the committee, within the rules of the members' code of conduct in the council's constitution

The following can speak when an enforcement matter is being considered:

  • the owner or occupier of the premises or their agent or representative
  • an objector or their representative
  • a ward councillor
  • any member of the committee, within the rules of the members' code of conduct in the council's constitution

Only a ward councillor and one other person will be invited to speak for or against any item on the agenda.

If someone speaks in objection to an application, the applicant will also be allowed to speak. An applicant may speak at a meeting even where there are no objectors or ward councillors speaking.

Requesting to speak

All requests to speak at a meeting must:

  • relate to a matter to be considered
  • be received no later than midday, 2 working days before the meeting
  • be accompanied by a written statement

You will have up to 3 minutes to speak at the meeting.

You can register to speak using the form below.

Request to speak at Planning Committee