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Planning and Highways Committee

This page lists the meetings for Planning and Highways Committee.


Information about Planning and Highways Committee


This Committee is responsible for planning applications, Tree Preservation Orders, enforcement action and some highway, footpath, road safety and traffic management issues for the whole City. It is also responsible for determination of City Centre planning, development of transport matters and strategic development projects.


Recording of Meetings


Recording is allowed at Planning Committees under the direction of the Chair of the meeting. The protocol on audio/visual recording and photography provides further information.


Planning Applications


Planning applications online allows you to view details of planning applications.


Speaking at Planning and Highways Committee Meetings


The public are able to speak at a Planning and Highways Committee meeting.   This is restricted to one person to speak for and one person to speak against a planning application report recommendation for up to five minutes each.  However, at the Chair’s discretion, more speakers may be allowed to speak with the same time allowance, although the Chair will ask and is keen to ensure that they don’t repeat any issues already raised by previous speakers.  Where possible, it is helpful for a nominated person to speak on behalf of a group of people wanting to speak, although it is appreciated this is not always possible.


Speakers addressing the Committee should cover all their points in the time allowed, objectors to a planning application will speak first followed by the applicant. It is also important, when speaking, to address the planning policy issues in respect of the proposed development, as the Committee has to make a decision on these matters.


Those who go over their time limit will be asked politely by the Chair to end their representations. People will not be allowed to speak again after they have spoken, unless invited to do so by the Chair of the meeting.  After representations to the Committee, questions from Members will be answered by the officers, unless it is considered necessary by the Chair for the applicant/agent/objector to respond. 


The public may also make representations on other reports on the agenda e.g. Tree Preservation Orders.  The same 5 minute limit will apply.


If you wish to attend a meeting and make a representation, you must submit the request in writing by 9.00 a.m. at least 2 clear working days in advance of the date of the meeting, by email to the following address:   E.g. For meetings held on a Tuesday, questions/petitions will need to be received by 9.00 a.m. on the Friday of the week before. Requests submitted after the deadline will be allowed at the the discretion of the Chair. You will also be asked to provide a contact email and/or telephone number. (details of how we will use and keep your information can be found here).  The Principal Democratic Services Officer will ask you to confirm that you do not object to your details being passed on to other people who wish to speak, to encourage the selection of a single spokesperson, if this is necessary.  Where agreement on a spokesperson is not reached, speakers will be chosen on a first come, first served basis.


Any additional issues raised in any representations, which are not already addressed in the officer report, will, be added to the Supplementary Report (this document details any late representations, explanations and clarifications received after the agenda has been published) and summarised by the Planning Officer at the meeting. Any representations submitted in relation to an item to be presented at Planning Committee must be submitted 24 hours before the meeting commences to be taken into account.


Please note that meetings will be filmed for live or subsequent broadcast via the council’s website. See the Council’s Webcasting Notice for more details.

If you have a general enquiry regarding Planning Applications, please visit the Planning section of our website.


Meetings of the Planning Committee have to be held as physical meetings and are open to the public


If you would like to attend the meeting, please report to an Attendant in the Foyer at the Town Hall where you will be directed to the meeting room.  However, it would be appreciated if you could register to attend, in advance of the meeting, by emailing, as this will assist with the management of attendance at the meeting.  


Please do not attend the meeting if you have COVID-19 symptoms.  You are welcome to wear a face covering within the venue.


PLEASE NOTE: The Public Gallery in the Town Hall Council Chamber can accommodate 50 persons.  Social distancing may not be possible in the Gallery depending on the numbers of members of the public in attendance at the meeting.  An overspill area will be provided in the event that more than 50 members of the public attend - the webcast of the meeting will be live streamed to that room.


We are unable to guarantee entrance to the Public Gallery for observers, as priority will be given to registered speakers and those that have registered to attend.


Alternatively, you can observe the meeting remotely by clicking on the ‘view the webcast’ link provided on the meeting page of the website.