We make decisions about planning applications in 2 ways:
Using powers delegated by councillors
Our officers use powers delegated to them by councillors, meaning they can make a decision, as long as the development falls within certain sizes or types.
In these cases we prepare a report on the application, with a recommendation on whether to approve or refuse it, and a senior officer considers and agrees the recommendation, if appropriate.
In planning committee meetings
Councillors attend planning committee meetings every month, covering different areas of the city.
If the decision on a planning application has to be made by councillors a report is prepared and published in the meeting's agenda about five working days before the meeting takes place.
The meeting is open to the public (including applicants, agents, supporters and objectors) and those with an interest in an application can speak to councillors before a decision is made.
The report councillors receive contains a recommendation on whether to approve or refuse the application and the reasons why. Councillors can accept the recommendation or decide to take a different decision if they have a good planning reasons to do so.
Find out how to have your say at council meetings.
Once a decision is made, either by officers or councillors, we will send you (or an agent) a formal decision notice confirming the decision.
If the application is refused, the reasons will be given and the appeal process explained.
If the application is approved is can contain 'conditions' that you need to comply with. Conditions may need to be met before work begins on site, during construction works, or after the development is completed.