The whole decision making process should take about eight weeks to complete, but may take longer where there is local interest or amendments are required.
Planning application decisions fall within three basic categories:
- unconditional permission
- permission subject to conditions
The head of planning services will consider the case officer's recommendation for minor applications which receive no objections - then issue a decision.
The process varies in other cases:
- If letters of objection to an application are received and the recommendation of the head of planning services is one of approval (provided the application is not contrary to the development plan) a short report will be circulated to all councillors. This will summarise the representations received during the consultation period. Any councillor can then ask that the application be considered by the planning committee. Otherwise it will be determined by the head of planning services under delegated powers. If a request is received during the consultation period expressing a view contrary to the head of planning services recommendation then the matter will be referred to committee.
- If the application is for major development, is controversial, goes against council policy or is the subject of a deputation request which is contrary to the recommendation, then the officer's recommendation will be considered by the planning committee.
- Shortly after the application has been determined, a decision notice is sent to the applicant or their agent.
- Follow the link to view previous planning committee minutes (including decisions)