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Meetings of this committee are audio recorded

The Planning Committee meets once a month and consists of 15 members of the Council.

Its role is to make decisions and take other action (a) on behalf of Chichester District Council as the local planning authority and (b) under any agency agreement in respect of the South Downs National Park.

It deals with the following matters:

(1)     All functions relating to town and country planning and development management as specified in Schedule 1 to the Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) (England) Regulations 2000 including enforcement and all powers under the Planning Acts to obtain information as to interests and particulars of persons interested in land.

Provided that:

When any planning application is being considered by the Planning Committee, if, before any decision is made in respect of that application, a committee member proposes that the decision on the application shall be made by the Council, and if, on a vote being taken by the Planning Committee, there is a majority of votes in favour of the proposal, then the conclusion of the Planning Committee on the planning merits of the application shall be treated as a recommendation by the Planning Committee to the Council.

(2)     The determination of all applications for planning permission made by the Council to which regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992 applies.

(3)     Inform the Cabinet of its views on the formulation of policies for the Local Plan.

(4)     Determination of all matters relating to the control of advertisements, the preservation of trees, buildings and important hedgerows, the extinguishment or diversion of public highways affected by development and the service of purchase notices and notices as to waste land.

(5)     Administering and enforcing the building regulations and any other statutory provisions with regard to plans of new buildings and streets.

(6)     Taking any action necessary to deal with dangerous or dilapidated buildings and structures.

(7)     Lodging objections against applications for heavy goods vehicle operators licences.

(8)     Advising the Cabinet on any matters relating to claims and payments for statutory compensation arising from decisions on planning cases.

(9)     Determining all matters relating to high hedges arising under Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.

(10)   Determining applications affecting footpaths and bridleways etc under sections 118 and 119 of the Highways Act 1980 as amended.


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