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Hands in the air

Planning committee

The planning committee is responsible for making decisions on the bigger and more sensitive planning applications we receive. If you have concerns regarding an application and would like it be considered by Planning Committee please speak to your local ward councillor at the earliest opportunity. The remaining applications (approximately 90 per cent of those received) are determined by the Assistant Director for Planning on behalf of the City Council, under what are known as delegated powers.

The planning committee is made up of 13 councillors who are responsible for deciding planning applications and listed building and conservation area consents, as well as other specific matters. A complete list of matters decided by Planning Committee can be found by looking at the Council's Constitution.

A code of good practice for members and officers in connection with the determination of planning applications can be downloaded below:

The planning committee meets every four weeks, at 2pm on a Thursday in the Council House at the Civic Centre. To view upcoming dates for planning committee please visit our committee details page. With the exception of very occasional confidential matters, all the formal business of the planning committee is held in public.

You are welcome to attend this committee and listen to the debate, or you can speak directly to the councillors who make the decisions on planning applications.

Visit these pages to find out about:

Attending the committee

If you decide to attend the planning committee meeting, you will be given a copy of the meeting's agenda. In it are reports of the planning applications that are to be decided at that meeting.

Sometimes decisions on applications are put back so that further information can be obtained or if the committee want to visit the site before making a decision on an application.