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To consider and take decisions on planning matters.



1.  To consider and take decisions on the following categories of planning applications:

NB. The following categories of planning application may not be determined under delegated authority






Planning applications for all sites associated with major regeneration projects.

Where it would be appropriate to consider the application in the context of previous or future proposals on other associated sites.


Applications made by, on behalf of, or in partnership with the London Borough of Sutton.



Major infrastructure developments.



Bus/coach/railway station.


Minerals operations

On a site of more than 5ha.


Waste development

Development of an installation with the capacity for a throughput of more than 50,000 tonnes per annum of waste produced outside of the site.


To authorise the making of an order under section 97 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 revoking or modifying planning permission and, in cases where such an Order is unopposed. to advertise the making of the order under section 99 of the said Act.



To determine a planning application where the recommendation, either for approval or refusal, is opposed by the receipt of material planning considerations (*) in writing from 10 or more persons, residing at separate addresses. Where objections are received either by joint letter with multiple signatories or a petition, then each address for which there is a signatory will count as a separate objection.



To confirm, with or without modification, Tree Preservation Orders to which an objection has been received.



To decide whether to object/not object to a consultation from another authority on an application for planning permission for development of a type set out in paragraph 1, where there is a material affect on the London Borough of Sutton or its residents.



To refuse planning permission for applications that comply with the Council’s adopted planning policies and guidance.



To authorise the making of agreements under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in connection with those applications not listed in paragraph 1), other than where the monies involved are as set out, or otherwise specified in the adopted Unitary Development Plan.



To determine planning applications submitted by or on behalf of employees/ consultants/ Members of London Borough Sutton or their partners or families.



To determine an application which has been referred to committee under the Members’ Referral Procedure



To determine any matter of business referred to the committee by a designated officer



2.   To consider and determine the following categories of planning application where they are recommended for approval and reported to committee under the scheme of delegation:


NB the following categories of planning application may not be granted planning permission under delegated powers.






Major planning applications as defined in the relevant ODPM Best Value Performance Indicator.



Applications that are a departure from the Unitary Development Plan, or other relevant development plan for the purpose of section 54a of the Town & Country Planning Act.


Note: A departure is usually defined as a proposal that is contrary to a major policy principle e.g. building in the Green Belt. Failure to comply with the detail of a policy would not usually constitute a departure.


Development that may affect strategic policies.

Loss of 20 or more residential units.

Development that would prejudice the use of residential land over 0.4ha, for residential uses.

Where development would occupy more than 1ha of land which is used for B1 (business) / B2 (general industry) or B8 (storage and distribution) 

Development, which would prejudice the use of a playing field of more than 2ha of land.


Development of Open Space.

Development on land designated as Green Belt or Metropolitan Open Land where the proposal would involve the construction of a building(s) with a floor space of more than 100 sq. metres or a material change of use of a building.

Development that would prejudice the use of a playing field of more than 2ha of land.


High buildings


Proposal for the erection of a building that is over 15 metres high.


Alteration to height of existing buildings

Proposal to increase the height of existing buildings and the resulting height is greater than 15 metres.


To grant permission for planning applications which are contrary to the Council’s adopted planning policies and guidance and which cannot be remedied by the imposition of a planning condition.




To grant planning permission for an application accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment



3.             Other such regulatory planning matters as required.



(1)   Major planning applications are defined as:

a) Residential development comprising the erection of 10 or more dwellings or where the number of dwellings is not specified, a site area of 0.5ha

b) For all other uses, floor space of 1000m2 or more

c) Development including the change of use of one hectare or more of land;

d) Development to be used for treating, storing, processing or disposing of refuse or waste materials.

e) The winning or working or use of land for mineral working deposits.

(2)   Applications for renewal of planning permission for any development meeting these criteria should only be referred to Development Control Committee where there are new and significant material considerations that may have a bearing on the determination of the planning application.

(3)   If an application for planning permission for development forms part of a more substantial proposed development on the same or adjoining land, for the purposes of these criteria, the planning authority will treat that application as an application for planning permission for the more substantial development.

(4)   Floor space is measured on a gross external basis.

(5)   Any part of the building below ground level shall be ignored when measuring the height of the building.

(6)  The following types of representation cannot be regarded as material:

·         Disputes over boundaries;

·         Restrictive covenants, including ancient or other rights of light;

·         Loss of value;

·         Matters dealt with by other legislation;

·         Inconvenience or other problems caused by building works;

·         Opposition to business competition;

·         Opposition to the principle of development when this has been established by an extant planning permission;

·         The applicant’s personal circumstances, unless in exceptional circumstances these could be shown to be material, e.g. disability;

·         Factual misrepresentation of the proposal.