Give us your views on the draft Local Plan

We have prepared a draft Local Plan for the district and want to know what you think - give us your views on the draft Local Plan and supporting strategies.

Speak at a council meeting

Speak at Planning Committee

The changes in the law that allowed us to hold virtual committee meetings have expired. This means that nearly all meetings must be held in person again. Members of the public who want to speak at a meeting must also be there in person.

You can access a recording of each meeting the next day.

Ask to speak at Planning Committee

If there is a speaking slot available you can speak in person at the meeting for up to three minutes. You must register online to speak at Planning Committee or call 01227 862 009, no later than 12:30pm the working day before the meeting.

You will need to provide the following information:

  • your name and email address or phone number
  • whether you're in favour of, or opposed to, the planning application
  • whether or not you're speaking on behalf of an organisation or group and the name of it if so

The total number of public speakers can't be more than 10 for each application. Speaking opportunities are allocated on a first come, first served basis once the agenda has been published. This is usually about a week before the meeting. 

The applicant is always given the first chance of supporting the scheme.

Criteria for speaking

The number of speakers for each planning application is limited to three in favour and three against plus one of each of the following:

  • a representative of the parish council, Whitstable Society, or Herne Bay and District Residents Association (depending on where the proposed development is planned)
  • a representative of an advisory, amenity group or resident association, whose terms of reference have a direct interest in the proposal (speaking for a proposal)
  • a representative of an advisory, amenity group or resident association, whose terms of reference have a direct interest in the proposal (speaking against a proposal)
  • the applicant or agent (but not both) who will have the opportunity to speak last