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Can I speak at Planning Committee?

  • Can I speak at Planning Committee?

If you want to play an active part in the planning process, Thanet residents are able to speak at meetings of the Planning Committee on any schedule applications, which are to be considered.

For the opportunity to speak, you must have submitted a written representation to the Planning Applications Section on a planning application by the close of the consultation period applicable to that application.

Not all planning applications go to the Planning Committee for decision, some are decided by Planning Officers under delegated powers.   However, if an application is to be decided by Planning Committee, the Council will write to you to invite you to book a slot to speak. Only upon receipt of that letter may you make contact with the Committee Clerk who will be happy to book you in and offer you any help or advice that you may require.

One person is permitted to speak 'for' the application and (other than in respect of major applications), one against' (residents of Thanet only) as well as one Parish Council representative (where appropriate). 

In the case of major applications there is the opportunity for up to three people to speak against the application.

Slots are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For more information on speaking at Planning Committee you can contact us on 01843 577500 or email