The Council has delegated to
the Planning and Highways Committee determines planning
applications (however, in exceptional circumstances the Committee
may decide not to exercise its delegation in relation to a specific
application but to make recommendations to the full
It is the Council's policy to
consult people as fully as possible before making decisions that
affect them. Members of the public do not have a right to speak at
meetings but the Committee will usually allow applicants and
objectors to address them for up to four minutes. If you have a
special interest in an item on the agenda and want to speak, tell
the Committee Officer, who will pass on your request to the Chair.
Groups of people will usually be asked to nominate a
Copies of the agenda are
available beforehand from the reception area located in the Rates
Hall in the Town Hall Extension (entrances on St Peter’s
Square and Mount Street). Some additional copies are available at
the meeting from the Governance Officer.
The Council is concerned to
ensure that its meetings are as open as possible and confidential
business is kept to the strict minimum. When confidential items are
involved these are considered at the end of the meeting at which
point members of the public are asked to leave.
The Council welcomes the filming, recording, public
broadcast and use of social media to report on the
Committee’s meetings by members of the public.
Agenda, reports and minutes of
all Council committees can be found on the Council’s website