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Speaking at Worthing Planning Committees

Welcome

Welcome to Worthing Borough Council's Planning Committee.

Public speaking to object to or support planning applications is now an established part of our Council's procedure at Planning Committee meetings.

The information below aims to answer any queries you may have about this. I hope you find this information useful.

Chairman of Worthing Planning Committee.

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Public speaking

Public speaking at meetings of the Planning Committee shall apply to planning applications. Comments made to the Committee must be relevant to planning issues.

Examples of relevant planning issues:

  • external design, appearance and layout of the development
  • impact on trees and nature conservation or overshadowing and privacy
  • highway safety
  • planning policy and government guidance

Examples of non-relevant issues:

  • boundary disputes or other property rights
  • loss of property value or loss of a view
  • matters covered by other legislation
  • the applicant's motives, character or reputation

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Will I be able to speak?

You may speak at the meeting if you are:

  • an objector
  • a Ward Councillor
  • an applicant (or their representative)

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Do I need to register to speak?

Yes. If you wish to speak at the meeting you must give advance notice of your intention to do so to Democratic Services.

Can I speak again if the decision on an application is deferred to a future meeting?

If the decision on the application is deferred (e.g. for a site visit or further negotiations) you will be able to speak when the application is considered again.

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When will I speak?

The order, and time allowed, for speaking at meetings will be:

  • Objector(s): Maximum of three speakers, 3 minutes each
  • Up to 2 Ward Councillors or 1 and an adjacent Ward Councillor (or in exceptional circumstances another Councillor): 5 minutes each, or at Chairman's discretion if appropriate
  • Applicant or agent / supporters: Maximum of three speakers, 3 minutes each*
  • The Committee - to discuss the planning application, involving the officers as necessary: No time limit at the meeting

* This is to comprise of the applicant or agent and two members of the public, or if the third place is taken by a member of the public then the applicant or agent can take the third place.

The Chairman will allow an extension of the time limits set out above to be extended to a length of time deemed appropriate on complex planning applications that have attracted an abnormally high number of representations.

There will be no right for others to speak at the meeting.

You cannot speak again at the meeting on the same application.

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Who will invite me to speak?

The Chairman of the meeting will invite you by name.

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Can I question other speakers?

Speakers cannot question other speakers, Officers or Councillors.

You should address the Chairman and speak on relevant planning issues only.

Councillors and Officers can question speakers for clarification purposes only.

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About the Planning Committee

Membership:

Upcoming meetings:

Committee papers:

What time does it start?

  • Meetings start at 6:30pm

Where does it meet?

  • At the Worthing Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing, BN11 1HA

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Where can I get more information?

Planning Services (about planning issues):


Democratic Services (about the meeting or Councillors):

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