Committee details

Planning Committee

Purpose of committee

Meetings of this committee are audio recorded


Constitution: 13 Members of the Council.

Terms of Reference:

In respect of decisions to be made and actions to be taken, including those takenunder any agency agreement in respect of the South Downs National Park:


1.    All functions relating to town and country planning and development management
as specified in Schedule 1 of 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 personsinterested in land.Provided that when any planning application is being considered by the Committee, if, before anydecision is made in respect of that application, a Committee member proposes thatthe decision on the application shall be made by the Council, and if, on a vote beingtaken by the Committee, there is a majority of votes in favour of the proposal, thenthe conclusion of the Committee on the planning merits of the application shall betreated as a recommendation by the Committee to the Council.

2.    To determine all applications for planning permission made by the Council to which
Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992 applies.

3.    To inform the Cabinet of its views on the formulation of policies for the Local Plan.

4.    To determine 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.    To administer and enforce the Building Regulations and any other statutory
provisions with regard to plans of new buildings and streets.

6.    To take any action necessary to deal with dangerous or dilapidated buildings and

7.    To lodge objections against applications for heavy goods vehicle operators

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

9.    To determine all matters relating to high hedges arising under Part 8 of the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003, the High Hedges (Appeals) (England) Regulations 2005
and all related legislation.

10.  To determine applications affecting footpaths and bridleways etc. under Sections
118 and 119 of the Highways Act 1980 as amended.


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Contact information

Support officer: Fiona Baker on 01243 534609. Email:

Postal address:
East Pallant House
1 East Pallant
West Sussex
PO19 1TY

Phone: 01243 534609