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Planning Committee

Most minor planning applications can be decided by senior planning officers who have delegated authority, but the larger or more complex proposals are referred to the relevant Planning Committee, so that they can be discussed and considered in full. This also gives members of the public the opportunity to attend meetings and raise their own issues about a particular proposal.

Right to Speak Scheme

Members of the public have the right to speak at a Planning Committee meeting during the consideration of applications that are submitted under the Town and Country Planning legislation.

The purpose of the Right to Speak Scheme is to allow the committee the opportunity to hear the views of the public. The success of the scheme is dependent on participants adhering to some simple rules and procedures that the council has developed, to ensure that the meetings are conducted in a fair manner, giving all interested parties the opportunity to have their say. The procedures apply equally to objectors, parish councils, ward members and applicants/agents.

Speaking at Planning Committee meetings

If you would like to speak at a Planning Committee meeting, you will need to register before the start of the meeting. You can register any time from the day that the reports for the scheduled meeting are published on the Council’s website, up to 5.00pm on the day prior to the Committee meeting.

Register to speak at a Planning Committee

Please contact our Customer Services Team if you have any queries about completing the registration form.

Interested parties permitted to speak on an application are a representative of town/parish council or parish meeting, the applicant or representative, an objector, and the relevant ward members. Interested parties will be given a maximum of three minutes to speak and the intention is that only one person would speak from each of the above parties.

For more information, please refer to the Code of Good Practice for Planning and Rights of Way, which is contained in the East Suffolk Council Constitution.