A Hearing is required in certain cases to allow enhanced scrutiny of planning issues where applications are significant or complex, as well as providing openness and transparency in planning decisions. Hearings are aimed at making the planning system more inclusive, allowing the views of applicants and all those who have made representations to be heard before a planning decision is taken. Each planning authority has discretion over how hearings will operate in its area.
It is at the discretion of the Members when to hold a Hearing rather than determining the application at a Planning and Access Committee Meeting in the normal way. Hearings are normally held where:
The decision to hold a Hearing will be made in advance by the Members of the Planning and Access Committee or the full Board. Hearings will normally take place after a site visit (if scheduled) or may take place on a separate day.
Hearings can take place at any time or place agreed by the Members in advance. It would be the usual intention to select a venue close to the location of the application being considered.
If you have made a written representation, prior to the publication of the agenda, you will be notified in writing that the application is to be considered at a Hearing. A participation form will be enclosed. If you have not made a written representation you are not entitled to request to speak.
Return the completed form (to the address below) to arrive leaving two and a half clear working days before the meeting (for example, if the meeting is on a Monday, requests must be received by 12 noon on the previous Wednesday) to Sharon McIntyre, Committee Clerk.
You may only submit a request if you have already made a written representation.
You are not able to speak on matters relating to enforcement cases.
You must highlight clearly on the form, the topics you wish to cover in your presentation.
Full details of the venue and agenda are published at least three clear working days before the meeting and are on our website here.
The applicant or their agent will be allowed to speak in support of the application. There is no limit to the number of speakers who may speak in either support or objection to an application. However, where there are a large number of objectors who are raising the same issues, it is at our discretion to ask one objector to speak on behalf of a group rather than allowing all objectors to address the Members individually.
(Note: you will be asked to move to the designated area and speak into a microphone)
If you need assistance, please contact the Committee Clerk at least three clear working days in advance of the meeting to discuss your requirements.
For further information on any aspect of this guidance note please contact: Sharon McIntyre Tel: 01389 722017 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org