The planning committee is responsible for making decisions on the more sensitive applications and those which are outside of the delegation agreement. The delegation agreement allows planning officers, the team leader or the planning manager to take decisions on certain applications without the need to be decided at planning applications committee. The majority of decisions we issue are delegated decisions.
The powers and functions of the planning applications committee, as listed in the council’s constitution and defined under the Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) (England) Regulations 2000, as amended, may be discharged by the head of regulatory services or the planning manager or other officers authorised by them.
- a request is made by a ward member;
- approval of an application which is contrary to agreed local plan policy, such that its approval would represent a significant departure;
- in the view of the head of regulatory services or the planning manager an application is of significant public interest, and/or is believed to be controversial.