The Planning Committee makes decisions on planning applications in the Lichfield District area. It also considers matters of tree preservation orders, enforcement, building control and listed buildings.
The committee generally meets every three weeks on Monday evenings at 6pm in the Council Chamber at the District Council offices in Frog Lane, Lichfield. Members of the public can attend the committee meeting.
At the meeting, where requested, planning officers will provide information on each application and debates will ensue on the cases where councillors wish to express a view. Members of the public may address the committee, usually to object or offer support on an application.
The planning agenda contains recommendations from planning officers. These recommendations are not binding on the committee and members of the committee are free to make a decision on the basis of the planning merits and other issues surrounding each case.
The committee will finally make a decision on the application on the basis of the officers' recommendations, the substance of the discussion and any other information received during the committee debate. This decision is reached either unanimously or, where opinion is divided, by a show of hands.
If the committee seeks to make a decision that is different to the recommendation, that decision must be based upon proper planning reasons. Should additional information be required, then an application may be deferred until a subsequent meeting so that information can be provided. Find out more about the Planning Committee.
If you require agendas, agenda items and/or minutes from meetings dating back more than one year please contact the Committee Team on 01543 308064/308065 who will be able to supply them.