Speak at a council meeting

Planning Committee meetings

Planning Committee meets regularly to approve or reject planning applications. See upcoming Planning Committee meetings

 To request to speak about a planning application, you must email Democratic Services with the following:

  • your name and address
  • whether you're in favour of, or opposed to, the planning application
  • whether or not you're speaking on behalf of a parish council

If you're speaking on behalf of a group or organisation, you'll also need to provide the following:

  • your position within the group or organisation
  • the number of members in the group of organisation
  • how you were nominated to speak on their behalf

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 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, Canterbury Heritage and Design Forum, 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
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