Planning Committee Delegated Authority

MATTERS DELEGATED TO OFFICERS RELATING TO THE DETERMINATION OF APPLICATIONS UNDER SECTION A(1) OF THE DELEGATION SCHEME

A(1)(a) Subject to (l) and (m) below, authority to approve in accordance with the provisions of the relevant development plan and in the light of other relevant material considerations any application or notification submitted under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and associated legislation, where no material planning objections have been received.

A(1)(b) Subject to (l) below, authority to refuse in accordance with the provisions of the relevant development plan and in the light of other relevant material considerations any application or notification submitted under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 and associated legislation, notwithstanding any representations of support that may have been received.

A(1)(c) Subject to (l) and (m) below, authority to approve in accordance with the provisions of the relevant development plan and in the light of other relevant material considerations any application submitted under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 and associated legislation, notwithstanding any representations of objection that may have been received, but subject to the Conservation and Design Officer finding the proposal acceptable.

A(1)(d) Authority to determine any application for a certificate of lawfulness for an existing development, taking account of any information that may be provided by local Members and following consultation with the Head of Legal Services.

A(1)(e) Authority to determine any application for a certificate of lawfulness for a proposed development.

A(1)(f) Subject to (l) below, authority to determine in accordance with the provisions of the relevant development plan and in the light of other relevant material considerations any application for consent to display advertisements, notwithstanding any representations of objection that may have been received.

A(1)(g) Authority to formulate the Council's appeal case as a basis for advising the Planning Inspectorate and appellants of the District Planning Authority's submissions in respect of any appeal lodged against a decision of the District Planning Authority, delegated or otherwise, or any non-determination appeal.

A(1)(h) Subject to (l) and (m) below, authority to renew permission/consent, or to grant a further permission/consent for an amended form of development, in cases where there has been no material change in circumstances since the grant of the previous permission/consent, where fewer than 10 separate letters of objection from individual sources.

A(1)(i) Subject to (l) and (m) below, authority to approve in accordance with the provisions of the relevant development plan and in the light of other relevant material considerations any application or notification involving the forms of development listed below, where fewer than 10 separate letters of objection from individual sources have been received:

  • Householder developments, including domestic extensions and buildings or other works within the curtilage of a dwelling;
  • Developments involving a net increase of up to 9 dwellings;
  • All forms of development (excluding the erection of dwellings) falling within the Governments definition of 'minor development';
  • Changes of use of single parcels of land or single buildings;
  • The erection, installation or alteration of street furniture including telecommunications equipment;

A(1)(j) Subject to (l) and (m) below, authority to approve applications for forms of development that raise special material considerations, such that the spirit or intent of the relevant development plan policy is not prejudiced, with the further exception that such applications are to be determined by the Committee if relevant planning objections have been raised by the Town/Parish Council or the public.

A(1)(k) Subject to (l) and (m) below and notwithstanding (j) above, to approve applications for domestic two storey or first floor extensions less than one metre distant from the relevant plot boundaries, in those cases that raise special material circumstances such that the spirit or intent of the relevant development plan policy is not prejudiced, where fewer than 10 separate letters of objection from individual sources have been received.

A(1)(l) The delegated authority referred to in (a)-(c),(f) and (h)-(k) above shall not be exercised in any case where a Member of the Committee has specifically requested, for sound policy reasons, that the matter be referred to the Committee for determination, and that such request has been notified to the Development Control Unit within 27 days of the date that the application is registered. Where a Member requests that the Committee undertake a site visit, the request is subject to the agreement of the Chairman of the Committee.

A(1)(m) The delegated authority referred to in (a), (c) and (h)-(k) above shall not be exercised in any case whereby the recommended decision may run counter to an earlier decision taken by the Committee to undertake enforcement action against the relevant development.

A(1)(n) Authority to issue screening and scoping opinions in connection with the administration of environmental impact assessment procedures, with details being reported for information purposes to the next available meeting of the Committee.

A(1)(o) Authority to grant applications for Hazardous Substances Consent under the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990, subject to conditions as thought fit, where there are no objections or conflict with the development plan.

A(1)(p) Authority to agree minor amendments to approved applications or notifications. (appendix 2 sets out the criteria under which minor amendments can be agreed).

The delegations hereby given to grant approvals includes the power to attach conditions.

Reference to the Acts shall include any statutory modifications or re-enactments thereof.