Speaking at planning committee
Advice for members of the public who would like to attend and speak at planning committee
Have your say
We deal with applications that relate to mineral and waste proposals, and our own proposals for schools and roads.For planning applications that are presented to planning committee,you have the right to speak.For all other planning issues, you should get in touch with your local district or city council.
How many people can speak?
Up to ten people per application will be permitted to speak (five in favour and five against) at each committee meeting. You should email firstname.lastname@example.org after 9.30am on the day the papers are made publicly available. You will not be allowed to speak unless you have done this.
The opportunity to speak does not alter your existing right to put written or spoken questions to the committee chairperson at the start of the meeting. You must email the question in advance to email@example.com four clear working days before the meeting.
Because the planning committee deals with large and often controversial or complicated planning applications, we must limit the number of speakers and the time given to speak. You must also follow the rules for speaking at planning committee, which you will find below.
Rules for speaking at planning committee
- You will be allowed to speak for no more than four minutes.
- You may make hand written notes of the meeting, but must not record or broadcast the proceedings.
- You must not introduce new information (such as photographs or plans) to the meeting.
- You must not attempt to speak to, or pass messages to, any member of the committee.
- Please try to keep what you say to 'material planning considerations' (this is what is in the public interest rather than the private interest).
- Remember all developments must be judged as if they have a right to get planning permission. This is called 'presumption in favour'.
- You must not say anything about someone that is not true. You are not protected from legal action by being in the council chamber.
- Putting your comments in an email to the case officer is often a much better way to get your views across. A full report and recommendation accompany every item that goes to the committee. Write early enough and the case officer will build your comments into the report. Alternatively it will be available online three working days before the meeting.
The order of speakers, after the case officer has read the report
- Up to five objecting speakers may speak for up to four minutes each
- Up to five supporting speakers may speak for up to four minutes each
- The applicant or his agent may speak for up to five minutes
- The parish council representative may speak for up to five minutes
- The district council representative may speak for up to five minutes
Only councillors and officers of the committee may speak after this point
- The local county councillor has the opportunity to give his/her views
- Councillors question the case officer and debate the proposal before they make a decision
How often do we hold planning committee meetings?
We usually hold a planning committee every two months, and we arrange for a members site visit approximately seven days before the committee. We hold all meetings in the council chamber at Shire Hall in Gloucester. If we expect a large attendance at committee, we will issue tickets for the public gallery at main reception, Shire Hall, on a first come, first served basis. Find details of the next planning committee