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How does the planning committee process work ?

Guide to the planning committee process

Decisions on the majority of planning applications are made by officers under "delegated powers".  The more major, complex and controversial applications are generally decided by the Planning Committee.

The North Area Planning Committee meet every 1st Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise stated) and has 16 members. The South Area Planning Committee meet every 3rd Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise stated) and has 22 members.  It decides planning applications in accordance with agreed policies and enforces planning decisions when these are not complied with.

You will normally be able to view a copy of the report to Committee one week before the meeting.  The minutes are then normally available one week after the meeting.


We will try and ensure that all comments received relating to a planning application are reported, where relevant, to the Council's Planning Committee.  Also it may be possible to report to the Planning Committee comments, letters or emails received on the day of the Committee meeting.  We strongly recommend against the submission of comments or documents close to the start of Planning Committee meetings.

Public Speaking

Members of the public now have an opportunity to put their views on a planning proposal direct to the Planning Committee when planning applications are being considered.

The purpose of the scheme is to give you an opportunity to make your views known in person to the Committee. Letters of support or objection will also continue to be taken into account.

Advice to Public Speakers at Planning Committee re. visual aids/additional material

Visual aids such as photographs or plans, or written material cannot be handed out, circulated or displayed at any Planning Committee meeting. 

Can I speak on all planning applications?

Only on those items which are due to be determined by the Planning Committee.

For more information download our Guide for Participants Public Speaking at Planning Committee