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Planning Committee

The Planning Scheme of Delegation (PDF) identifies the application types and triggers for an item to be heard by the Planning Committee. Other applications are determined by officers in accordance with Council policy.

Planning Committee meetings

The Planning Committee is held every month, usually on a Monday (except on Bank Holidays) at Borough Hall.

If there are applications on the agenda that interest a lot of people the Planning Committee may be moved to a larger venue. So that interested parties can attend the Planning Committee it is held in the evenings at 6:30pm.

Officers will write a detailed report for each item to be heard by Committee, explaining the recommendation being made. These are compiled into an Agenda which is published online a week before the committee.

View the Planning Committee Agendas and Minutes or review past agendas and minutes.

View background documentation for specific items.  

Right to speak

A summary of the 'Right To Speak' rules are set out below.

1) If an application is to be decided by Committee (and you have already commented on it in writing) you will be told when it is due to be heard and given the opportunity to register to speak to the Committee if you wish.  If you have not previously commented in writing, it will be your responsibility to enquire as to whether an application will be heard by the Committee. Committee Agendas are published a week before the committee date and you can check this online to see if an application is listed.

View the Planning Committee Agendas and Minutes or review past agendas and minutes.

2) To register a right to speak you must contact Committee Services (RighttoSpeak@bedford.gov.uk) by the end of the working day (until 5pm Monday to Thursday and 4.45pm on Friday) before the date of the committee meeting to book your place. If the meeting is on the Monday you must contact us by the Friday before.

3) All parties wishing to speak about an application must do so within a single 5 minute period. The time period may be extended for certain planning applications if the Chair of the Committee thinks this is appropriate. Supporters and/or applicants will have the same length of time to speak to the Committee.

4) Those people speaking will not be permitted to hand out additional written documents. Photographs, plans or illustrations may not be displayed or circulated at the meeting.

5) Members of the Committee may question the speaker.

6)  Whilst a Member of the Council may speak on behalf of one of the parties, you may also wish to do so in order to make your own case, particularly if you wish to put forward additional or alternative points. 

Full details of 'right to speak'.