1. To oversee the division of the
Council’s Development Management functions and workload in
order to ensure timely and consistent decision-making at the most
appropriate level, and to that end
to monitor the volume and type of applications determined;
assessing the performance of the Development Management service,
and, if appropriate
to vary the number, size and working arrangements of the Planning
Committees, to appoint their membership, to vary the division of
functions and delegations between the Board, the Planning
Committees and the Head of Planning & Policy
to adopt working protocols and procedures: eg: protocols governing the direction of
applications between the Planning Committees, public speaking
rights, call-in procedure and others.
2. To exercise the Council's functions
relating to town & country planning & development control,
the protection of important hedgerows, the preservation of trees
and the regulation of high hedges set out in the Local Authorities
(Functions & Responsibilities)(England) Regulations 2000. Most
of these functions are delegated to the Planning Committees and
then onwards to the Head of Planning & Policy but the following
are reserved to the Board
for Large Scale Major Development, defined from time
to time by DCLG. Currently this includes
residential developments of 200
dwellings or more, or 4 ha or more;
10,000 square metres or more, or 2ha. or
more of retail, commercial or industrial or other floorspace.
applications for major minerals or waste
applications requiring Environmental Impact
involving a significant departure from policy which
a Planning Committee is minded to approve.
any other matters which have strategic
implications by reason of their scale, nature or location.
any other matters referred up to it at
the discretion of the Head of Planning & Policy.
3. To exercise a consultation and advisory role, commenting upon
the content of proposed planning policy and upon the effectiveness
of existing policies employed in development control