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Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, physical public meetings are not taking place for the foreseeable future. Following a decision noted by cabinet, executive decisions and certain non-executive decisions were delegated to officers using emergency powers invoked during a major incident. On 30 September, at the Emergency Powers Executive Decisions meeting, it was agreed that certain executive and non-executive decisions and arrangements continue until 31 March 2021. Delegated decisions can be viewed here

Speaking at virtual Planning Committee

The current procedures for public speaking at virtual meetings of the Planning Committee will be supplementary to our normal procedure, and the only changes will be to the way in which external councillors register to speak and the format in which individuals are able to put their views across to the committee. These changes are to accommodate the change of venue (from physical meetings to virtual meetings) and to ensure all external speakers are able to put their views across in a format to suit.

What this means in practical terms

Parish Councillors, County Councillors, applicants, agents and members of the public who wish to register their intent to speak at the Planning Committee meeting should contact the Democratic Services Officer 24 hours (usually 14:00) before the committee meeting:

  • Democratic Services Officer name: Emma Keany
  • Telephone: 01253 887476
  • Email:

Individuals should also detail the way in which they would like to address the committee. The Democratic Services Officer will then make arrangements with the individuals who have successfully registered to speak.

Full details of the changes for virtual planning committee meetings



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