To consider and take
decisions on planning matters.
The function of the
Planning Committee is:
To consider and take decisions on the categories of planning
Scheme of Delegation
Strategic Director of Environment, Housing and Regeneration and
Executive Head of
Economic Development, Planning and Sustainability
designated post holders, or any other officer duly authorised by
those post holders, shall have delegated authority to determine or
take any other appropriate action in respect of all matters
relating to Town and Country Planning, Development Control,
Conservation, Enforcement and all other matters related to the
development of land and other related matters EXCEPT those in the
categories listed below, where the decision making function lies
with the Planning Committee. Reference to the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990 or other legislation or to the adopted Local
Development Framework shall be taken to mean any subsequent or
related legislation or Local Development Plan that may come into
force from time to time:
following categories of planning application may not be determined
under delegated authority.
Consideration of planning applications (including listed building
consent, conservation area consent and advertising consent but
excluding applications under the General Permitted Development
Order (including amendments) and Non Material Amendment
applications), where one or more of the following applies:
Applications that are a departure from the adopted Development
Plan, or other relevant development plan for the purpose of Section
38 of the Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
Where 10 or more persons, residing at separate addresses, make
written representations (containing material planning
considerations) in relation to an application which are opposed to
the officer’s proposed recommendation under his/her delegated
powers. (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).
Major applications for developments where the Council has an
interest in the land.
Consideration of planning applications requested by a ward
councillor to be determined by elected members through the Member
referral procedure but excluding applications under the General
Permitted Development Order (including amendments) and Non Material
Consideration of a planning application where the Local Authority
has an interest in the land and which has received 1 or more
relevant objections (a “relevant objection” is defined
as any objection except an objection which clearly does not raise
any material planning considerations) but excluding applications
under the General Permitted Development Order (including
amendments) and Non Material Amendment applications .
confirm with or without modification Tree Preservation Orders where
a sustained objection has been received (a “sustained
objection” is defined as an objection that is maintained
despite an attempt by officer to resolve it, or which officers
consider incapable of resolution by negotiation).
Applications by Members of the Council, members of staff or their
families or where a Councillor has declared an interest in an
application but excluding applications under the General Permitted
Development Order (including amendments) and Non Material Amendment
consider applications at the discretion of the Head of Development
Management and Strategic Planning.
Other such regulatory planning matters as required.
To make local development orders under the Localism Act 2011.
Major planning applications are defined as:
the winning and working of minerals or the use of land for
the provision of dwelling houses where—
the number of dwelling houses to be provided is 10 or more;
the development is to be carried out on a site having an area of
0.5 hectares or more and it is not known whether the development
falls within sub-paragraph (c)(i);
the provision of a building or buildings where the floor space
to be created by the development is 1,000 square metres or more; or
development carried out on a site having an area of 1 hectare or
The following types of representation cannot be regarded as
- Disputes over
covenants, including ancient or other rights of light;
- Loss of
- Matters dealt with
by other legislation;
- Inconvenience or
other problems caused by building works;
- Opposition to
applicant’s personal circumstances, unless in exceptional
circumstances these could be shown to be material;
Please note that this list is not exhaustive.
All matters not reserved as above are delegated as set out in the
internal scheme of management.
Where an appeal has been lodged against non-determination of an
application, within the statutory period. The consent of the
Planning Committee will be sought on whether to contest or not
contest an appeal, if the application falls under categories 1-6 as
set out above.