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Committee site visits

Members of the Planning Committee may wish to visit the site of a planning application so that they can have a better understanding of the effects an application may have on an area. They may therefore defer a planning application decision until a site visit has taken place.

  • Site visits are usually held as soon as is practical after the application is deferred.
  • If you have commented on an application, you will be notified of the site visit date.
  • Anyone with an interest in the application is welcome to attend a site visit.

What happens at a site visit

At the site visit the planning officer will explain the application and reasons for the visit. They will also:

  • Allow the applicant to explain their proposals
  • Visit all areas of concern to members of the public (this may mean entering adjoining properties).
  • Hear the concerns of local residents.
  • Make a note of all issues discussed during the visit

What happens after a site visit

After a site visit has taken place, the application will be discussed at the next committee meeting. Members will discuss what they saw, and any comments made by interested parties.

Full details of the site visit procedures can be found in the B11 Planning Code of Practice.