Scheme of delegation for determining planning applications
The key objective of this scheme is to provide clarity about the circumstances in which applications will be dealt with using delegated powers, referred to Planning Consultation Group (PCG) or referred to Planning Committee.
Any Member of the Council is able to request that applications are considered by Planning Committee. To aid this process the standard form must be completed by Members so that the Call in request is recorded properly. The form will be presented to PCG for consideration before a decision is made to refer the application to Planning Committee. The completed form will be added to the application file. Any requests via email will not be accepted as a Member Call in unless the Standard Form is attached (this form can be completed via Member iPad technology).
In the interest of transparency, the Officer report to PCG will include minutes summarising any relevant issues arising from the discussion at PCG and noting any specific points that Members wish to be recorded. The minutes will be available for inspection as a record of the considerations taken into account in determining the application.
The scheme of delegation sets out the criteria to be used to determine:
- The circumstances in which delegated powers can be used;
- The applications that should automatically be referred to PCG;
- The applications that should automatically be referred to Planning Committee.
When considering applications that do not obviously meet these criteria. Officers will use their judgement to determine whether the applications raise issues that justify consideration at PCG or Committee.
The scheme of delegation for determining planning applications, and related matters as approved by Planning Committee, is set out below.
Extent of delegation to Officers
Officers will have the following delegated powers.
Determination of applications for permission, approval or consent, requirements for assessment, issuing of notices and completion or modification of agreements or obligations under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990, the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 and the Environment Act 1995, or any subordinate rules, orders or regulations made under such legislation.
Officers will also have delegated powers to determine all other matters required to be dealt with as part of the management and administration of the Council’s Planning function and powers, including (but not exclusively):
- Amendments to Planning Permissions;
- Details submitting pursuant to conditions;
- Matters relating to protected trees;
- Consultation with other bodies on planning matters;
- Enforcement of planning control (in consultation with the Head of Legal and Democratic Services);
- Screening opinions under the 2017 Environmental Assessment Regulations.
- Scoping opinions under the 2017 Environmental Assessment Regulations.
- All minor County Matter applications.
Applications that should automatically be referred to Planning Consultation Group (PCG) for consideration
- Applications made by elected Members of the Council or by Officers of the Council or close relatives.
- All major County Matter applications
- Applications where a request is made in writing on the required form, by an elected Member of the Council, on planning grounds, that an application be decided by Planning Committee;
- Applications that have received at least one valid objection, on planning grounds, where the recommendation is to grant permission;
- Applications subject to a Parish Council objection on valid planning grounds where the recommendation is to grant permission or applications explicitly supported by the Parish Council where the recommendation is to refuse;
- Applications subject to a Neighbourhood Planning Group objection on valid planning grounds where the recommendation is to grant permission or applications explicitly supported by the Parish Council where the recommendation is to refuse.
- Applications where the recommendation is to grant where there are objections raised by a Statutory Consultee;
- Applications for material amendments to applications previously approved at Planning Committee;
- Applications to vary conditions on applications previously approved at Planning Committee;
- Applications for reserved matters following outline approval at Planning Committee.
- Confirmation of tree preservation or other orders or directions, which are the subject of a valid objection.
- All applications for Planning Permission in Principle (PiP)
- All applications for Technical Details Content (TDC) relating to a Planning Permission in Principle
Applications that should automatically be referred to Planning Committee
- Major Applications that require referral to the Secretary of State;
- Applications accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment;
- Applications for residential development or conversions for the following:
- 20 or more dwellings in Harworth, Worksop and Retford,
- 10 or more dwellings where the recommendation is to grant planning permission.
- Employment proposals classified as major schemes not within an existing employment site;
- Free standing chimneys, towers, masts, or similar structures, other than structures intended for removal within less than 1 year, higher than 20 metres. In the case of turbines the height refers to the height of the turbine hub.
Dated: February 2019
Last Updated on Thursday, February 23, 2023