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Guide on how to give your views on planning applications

The county council wants to give people in Lancashire the chance to have their say about planning applications that affect them.

The best way of getting your message across is by talking to the people who make the decisions.

Speaking at the Development Control Committee meeting

We have a committee of 15 councillors who meet every six weeks at County Hall, Preston to look at planning applications. Meetings commence at 10.00am

If you want to speak at the committee meeting please complete the Request to speak at the meeting of the Development Control Committee form.

You need to give at least 3 working days' notice prior to the date of the meeting.

The people who can usually speak at meetings are:

  • anyone objecting to the planning application
  • a representative from the Parish/Town Council
  • anyone in favour of the proposal

If there is more than one speaker in any category then the chair of the committee will decide how many can speak. Each person will be limited to four minutes.

What you say must be relevant to the planning application only – nothing damaging or personal.

Organisations that have been formally consulted on the application will not be invited to speak, as their views will be set out clearly in the committee report.

If you feel nervous or uncomfortable at speaking in public, then you can ask someone else to do it for you. You can also bring an interpreter if you need one.

When you get to the meeting, the Committee Clerk will show you where to sit and let you know when you will be able to speak. There may be others speaking as well. Afterwards, the committee may discuss what you have said along with all other information, and make a decision.

The committee may postpone a decision to gather more information or make a site visit. No decision is taken at site visits – they are purely to help councillors understand the issues better. If the committee postpones a decision, you will not be allowed to address the meeting again, but your views will still be considered.

Making a presentation to committee members before the meeting

If you feel that a short ‘slot’ at the committee meeting is not enough – for example, if a great number of people are objecting to an important proposal – then you can arrange to speak to councillors before the committee meeting. This usually takes place a few days before the committee sits. This means that you will have the chance to speak to committee members for up to 30 minutes and you will be able to show slides, photographs and other relevant information.

Who to contact

If you want to make a presentation to committee members or speak to the committee about an application, the Committee Support Officer will help you with arranging this. Don’t forget you need to give at least 3 working days’ notice.

Democratic Services,
Lancashire County Council,
P.O.Box 78,
County Hall,
Fishergate,
Preston,
PR1 8XJ

Telephone: 01772 533380
Email: Democratic.services@lancashire.gov.uk