Under the Council’s constitution, Councillors are able to call-in planning applications for determination by the relevant Development Management Area Committee. Full, outline, hybrid or householder planning permission and listed building consent applications are able to be called-in. No other type of application can be called in.
A call-in is valid where:
- It is in writing on the pro forma linked to this page;
- It is received before the Neighbour Consultation Expiry Date;
- It relates to an application in the ward of the Councillor making the call-in;
- It provides a planning reason based on a material consideration.
In order to make best use of member and officer time it is best practice to “call in” an application only if a certain recommendation is reached by the Head of Planning (rather than irrespective of recommendation – though it is the right of members to do so if they consider it necessary/appropriate).
In calling an application to panel (either if a certain recommendation is reached or irrespective of recommendation) the Councillor is not pre-determining the application, rather the Councillor is expressing a legitimate concern about an application and will reach a final conclusion, having considered all the matters presented at the meeting and being genuinely open to persuasion on the merits of the application, when a decision comes to be made by the Panel.
This form must be submitted before the Neighbour Consultation Expiry Date for the application.