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Development Control & Licensing Committee

When a planning application is ready for a decision, it can be either 'delegated' (determined by the case officer) or decided by the Development Control & Licensing Committee.

An application is usually likely to go before the Committee if it has attracted significant material objections or if the applicant is employed by the Local Authority. When an application goes to Committee, the case officer writes a report which summarises the application and gives his/her recommendation for either approval or refusal.

The application is presented to Members of the Committee at the meeting who then decide whether to follow the case officer's recommendation or go against it.

Sometimes, where more information is considered to be required in order to enable the Members to make an informed decision, the application will be 'deferred'. This means that it will be considered again by Members as soon as the additional information is forthcoming.

Development Control & Licensing Committee is held approximately every 4 weeks. It is a public meeting held in the Council Chamber and usually starts at 1800hrs.

How to have your say at Committee meetings (opens in a new window)


Only the applicant/agent for an application will be informed that it will be considered at a committee meeting.  Other interested parties will need to monitor the Council's website or check with Customer Services 5 days before each meeting in order to check this.


Agenda, Minutes & Report

For Committee agendas, minutes, reports, dates and other meeting information, please go to:

Meetings Information (opens in a new window)

Members of the DC Committee

Please visit our Members information page (opens in a new window) to see details of which Members are currently on the Development Control & Licensing and other Committees.

Site Visits by Members

Members of the Development Control & Licensing Committee may need to visit certain application sites.

Please see the Council's code of practice for planning site visits for more information.



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