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Planning and Highways Committee

This page lists the meetings for Planning and Highways Committee.


Information about Planning and Highways Committee


This Committee is responsible for planning applications, Tree Preservation Orders, enforcement action and some highway, footpath, road safety and traffic management issues for the whole City. It is also responsible for determination of City Centre planning, development of transport matters and strategic development projects.


Recording of Meetings


Recording is allowed at Planning Committees under the direction of the Chair of the meeting. The protocol on audio/visual recording and photography provides further information.


Planning Applications


Planning applications online allows you to view details of planning applications.


Speaking at Planning and Highways Committee Meetings


During the Covid-19 pandemic, Planning and Highways Committee will meet remotely as a virtual Committee via Zoom.  The public are able to speak at a Planning and Highways Committee meeting.   This is restricted to one person to speak for and one person to speak against a planning application report recommendation for up to five minutes each.  However, at the Chair’s discretion, more speakers may be allowed to speak with the same time allowance, although the Chair will ask and is keen to ensure that they don’t repeat any issues already raised by previous speakers.  Where possible, it is helpful for a nominated person to speak on behalf of a group of people wanting to speak, although it is appreciated this is not always possible.


Speakers addressing the Committee should cover all their points in the time allowed, objectors to a planning application will speak first followed by the applicant. It is also important, when speaking, to address the planning policy issues in respect of the proposed development, as the Committee has to make a decision on these matters.


Those who go over their time limit will be asked politely by the Chair to end their representations. People will not be allowed to speak again after they have spoken, unless invited to do so by the Chair of the meeting.  After representations to the Committee, questions from Members will be answered by the officers, unless it is considered necessary by the Chair for the applicant/agent/objector to respond. 


You must register to speak by emailing no later than 2pm on the Friday before the Committee.  This is necessary to facilitate your invitation to the Zoom video conference.  You will also be asked for your email address and phone number (Details of how we will use and keep your information can be found here).  The Principal Committee Secretary will ask you to confirm that you do not object to your details being passed on to other people who wish to speak, to encourage the selection of a single spokesperson, if this is necessary.  We would strongly advise that the email includes your full statement or a written summary of all relevant points you intend to make, so that in the case of technology failure, your representation can be read out by a Council Officer to ensure Members of the Committee hear all of your points (if there is a reason you cannot supply a written summary, please call 0114 2735033). 


Any additional issues raised in any representations, which are not already addressed in the officer report, will, be added to the Supplementary Report (this document details any late representations, explanations and clarifications received after the agenda has been published) and summarised by the Planning Officer at the meeting. Any representations submitted in relation to an item to be presented at Planning Committee must be submitted 24 hours before the meeting commences to be taken into account.


Please note that remote meetings will be filmed for live or subsequent broadcast via the council’s website. See the Council’s Webcasting Notice for more details.

If you have a general enquiry regarding Planning Applications, please visit the Planning section of our website.