Consultation on Planning Applications
Did you know that Chichester City Councillors consider all planning applications in the City? In fact, over 500 planning applications each year are referred to the City Council for a recommendation.
Wherever you live in Chichester, all applications are given very careful consideration by either the City Council’s Planning Delegation Sub Committee or, in the case of major applications, by the City’s Planning and Conservation Committee. The Minutes of both these meetings are submitted to meetings of the full Council.
Whether your neighbour submits a planning application for an extension or there is a major application for new housing in the City submitted, the City Council will consider the application before passing on a recommendation to the District Planning Authority, Chichester District Council.
The City is a Parish Council, albeit a large one, and has the right to be consulted on planning applications. City Councillors, elected by you, are assisted in formulating their recommendations by a professional Planning Adviser employed by the City Council who visits the site, proposes an officer recommendation and advises Councillors on the merits of the proposal.
Chichester District Council, as the Planning Authority, seeks to determine all planning applications within an eight-week cycle. The cycle commences when a planning application is submitted to them. As part of the process, Chichester City Council is consulted on applications within the City and sometimes upon applications in other Parishes where major development is proposed adjacent to the City boundary. The District Council also consult with the immediate neighbours of the applicant, with the consultation period lasting for a three week period.
The City Council's Planning and Conservation Committee meets monthly. The Planning Delegation Sub-Committee meets roughly every two or three weeks to scrutinise City applications. In almost all cases comments are relayed to the District Council within the deadline required by them.
Residents can contact the City Council to discuss applications or establish when they are going either to the main Committee or the Delegation Sub Committee. Residents are also encouraged to advise the City Council of any concerns that they might have regarding planning proposals that affect them.
Recommendations on all applications are then sent from the City to the District Council. They will either be reported to the District Council's Planning Committee or be determined by a Planning Officer. Officer decisions are usually made about non-contentious applications.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the relevant City Council meetings and if they wish can address the meeting for a maximum of three minutes on any application.
The Chairman of the Planning and Conservation Committee and the Planning Delegation Sub-Committee is Councillor Jane Kilby (J.Kilby@chichestercity.gov.uk). The Vice-Chairman of both the Committee and the Sub-Committee is Roger Keyworth (R.Keyworth@chichestercity.gov.uk).