When do planning applications go to committee?
Around 90 per cent of planning applications are decided under powers delegated to officers. The circumstances for doing this are set out in the council constitution. However, the council constitution also allows councillors to refer applications to the Planning Committee.
Where permission is recommended by the planning officer and 6 or more objections are received, the application will go before the Planning Committee. This will also happen if the recommendation is contrary to the council's adopted planning policies.
The conduct of members in relation to the consideration of planning matters is governed by the council's planning protocol (PDF, 42kb).
The planning committee meets monthly and is made up of councillors from all parts of the borough. It usually meets on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber at Easthampstead House, Town Square, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1AQ.
You are welcome to attend this committee and listen to the debate. In certain instances it is possible for members of the public to address the planning committee.
Public speaking at the planning committee
Only planning applications with 10 or more objections are eligible for public speaking. Anyone who has contributed towards the application will be informed if the application is going to committee and if it is eligible for public speaking.
Only one person can speak for the application and one person against. They will only have three minutes each to speak and state their case. Who speaks for and against is for the public, who register through customer services, to decide between themselves.
What happens next
After the committee, applicants will receive written notice of the committee's decision.