Speaking about a planning application

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The Planning Committee on 7 October 2021 will be held at the Council Offices, Station Road East, Oxted starting at 7pm. There are three public speaking slots for each application (objector, Parish Council and applicant/agent). The objector speaking slot will be allocated to the first person to register their interest.

If you would like to speak about any of the applications listed below, please e-mail democraticservices@tandridge.gov.uk and provide your name, telephone number and confirm which application you would like to speak to. Please also confirm whether you would like to pre-record your submission or attend the meeting in person. Any pre-recorded submissions will be replayed to the Planning Committee on 7 October.

A public gallery is available for the meeting, but space is limited. If you would like to attend the meeting, but not wish to speak, please email democraticservices@tandridge.gov.uk with your name and telephone number so we can contact you about your attendance. Seating will be allocated in response to emailed requests only. Please note that it may not be possible to accommodate all requests.

All Tandridge District Council committee meetings are streamed live and can be viewed via our webcast service. All webcasts are recorded and available on the Council website for 6 months after the date of the meeting.

An objector, a representative of the relevant parish or village council and the applicant or his agent may speak about a planning application for up to three minutes each.

All public speaking at the meeting is at the Chairman's discretion.

If more than one objector wishes to speak, a single representative will normally be asked to speak for all.

Professional agents may be used by any party entitled to speak, but no written submissions are allowed. Visual aids, hand-outs or other material are also not allowed.

Speakers should not seek to introduce new information or material not previously submitted with the application. This may result in the application being deferred for further consideration or public comment.

Public interest

Where there is considerable public interest in an application and a number of objectors want to speak on particular and different aspects, the chairman may allow additional speakers. In such circumstances, the applicant would be granted more time (up to a maximum of 6 minutes) to respond.

Procedure

Usually the Chairman will ask an officer to introduce the application. After this the objector, the Parish/Village Council representative and finally the applicant or agent, will be invited to speak before councillors discuss the proposal. Speakers will not be allowed to question each other or join in the general committee debate prior to determination of the application.

If, you register to speak and there is no opposing speaker and you are supporting the officer recommendation, the chairman may ask the committee if they wish to debate the item. If not, the chairman will ask if you have any particular concerns you want to raise about conditions or reasons and if not, proceed to move the recommendation on the agenda paper. In these circumstances, you may not need to speak at the meeting.