Planning Committee


Planning Committee

The Planning Committee meets once a month on a Thursday at 9.30am in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Bexhill on Sea.

The Committee deals with planning applications which normally relate to major, complicated or controversial proposals. Please refer to the agenda for the Committee meeting to view the running order.

Any individual representations in respect of planning applications on the Planning Committee Agenda must be received by the Service Manager, Strategy and Planning in writing by 9am on the Monday before the meeting at the latest.  Any representations received after this time cannot be considered.

In addition to the Planning Committee meeting on the Thursdays, Members of the Planning Committee carry out site inspections within the district for relevant applications once a month on the Tuesday immediately preceding the Thursday. Inspections assist consideration of the more complex proposals. The inspections by coach commence at 8.30am from Bexhill Town Hall and are carried out by Councillors accompanied by a Planning Officer. The inspections are purely to view the site and are undertaken on an unaccompanied basis.

Public Speaking at Committee

The Council allows some opportunity for the public to address the Planning Committee. Details can be found on the Planning application petitions and speaking at Planning Committee page.

Planning Committee Decisions

In certain circumstances the Planning Committee will indicate that it is only prepared to grant or refuse planning permission if or unless certain amendments to a proposal or completion of consultations are undertaken e.g. revised vehicular access, receipt of satisfactory comment from a statutory body re drainage. In these circumstances the Planning Officer can be given delegated authority to issue the decision of the Planning Committee once the requirements of the Committee have been satisfactorily complied with. A delegated decision does not mean that planning permission or refusal will automatically be issued. If there are difficulties, or negotiations are not satisfactorily concluded, then the application will have to be reported back to the Planning Committee or otherwise sent to all Councillors as a means of providing further information for elected Members. With delegated requirements from the Planning Committee it will normally be expected that the required negotiations will be concluded satisfactorily or unsatisfactorily within two months of the original Committee decision date. If no progress on the delegation has been made then the application will either be determined or when appropriate may be referred back to the Planning Committee for a final decision.

In the case of a Section 106 Obligation a period of six months will be allowed for the completion of the legal document. After six months if a satisfactory S106 Obligation has not been concluded then the application may be referred back for a decision.

In all cases applicants should not start work until receiving the formal decision notice which may contain conditions of which they are not fully aware. Similarly a delegated decision from Planning Committee should not be construed as a formal decision. Only when the provisos of the delegation have been completed satisfactorily will the Local Planning Authority be in a position to issue the formal decision notice.

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