Meetings of the Planning Board normally take place in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall, Market Place, Ripley, Derbyshire at 7pm for ordinary meetings of the Planning Board and 5pm if site visits have taken place during the day (see the Diary of Council Meetings for more information). The public entrance is off the Market Place car park from the barrell vault next to the old Town Hall. Car parking is free on the Market Place after 6pm.
The Board is made up of 15 elected Councillors (Members of the Board), from the political parties represented on the Council and from wards across the Borough. Information on Members of the Board can be accessed on this page.
Council Officers also attend the meeting. There are usually Officers present from the Borough Development Department who are able to give professional planning advice to the Members of the Board. Officers from the Chief Executive's Department provide legal advice and take the minutes of the meeting.
Members of the public or applicants and/or their agents can attend and participate in the meetings. The Council has introduced procedures to allow members of the public to address the Planning Board on planning applications. The procedures for public speaking can be accessed on this page.
The press is usually present. The press and members of the public will be asked to leave the Council Chamber when confidential items are discussed (although this rarely happens for planning applications).