How the Planning Board Works

There are two types of Planning Board Meeting as follows:-

  • The main meeting - to discuss and decide on planning applications; and
  • The site visits of the Planning Board - to allow Councillors to visit a site to gather facts before making a decision.

Site visits are carried out usually two weeks after the main meeting.

Please note that only Councillors on the Planning Board can ask for a site visit. If you feel one is required, please contact your local Councillor who will contact the Chairman or another member of the Board. For details of your local Councillor, please see Borough Councillor Lookup.

Criteria for a site visit (extract from the Council's Constitution)

"A site visit is only likely to be necessary if:-

a) the impact of the proposed development is difficult to visualise from the plans and any supporting material, including photographs taken by officers (although if this is the case Councillors should first consider requesting that additional illustrative material should be made available);

b) there is a good reason why the comments of the applicant and objectors cannot be expressed adequately in writing; or,

c) the proposal is particularly contentious."

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