What does the Development Management Committee do?

Most town and country planning and development control issues are dealt with under delegated powers by the development manager,  in consultation with the chairman or vice-chairman of the development management committee. A matter will be referred to the full committee for consideration for a number of reasons, for example where the matter is considered to be more contentious.

The development management committee can refer a planning application for site inspection committee before determination.  The committee will then visit the site before considering a decision at the next available meeting.

Full details of the responsibilities of the committee are set out in the constitution.

As part of the council's aim to demonstrate the transparency of decision making, the public have the opportunity to speak directly to the development management committee.  This means that you can come and put your point of view, either for or against a planning proposal, directly to the committee determining the application.