Chelmsford City Council

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Committees and panels

For the foreseeable future, all our meetings will be online. You can view guidance on how to join and view the meetings online as part of the agendas. You can also view our coronavirus updates page.

In addition to the Cabinet and Full Council, we have a number of committees that each focus on a specific council function.

The committees consider issues in detail at scheduled meetings. They then make any decisions or recommendations to the Cabinet or Full Council.

You can find out about each committee, including the councillors on the committee, meeting agendas and meeting minutes.

Planning Committee

This Committee makes decisions on about 3% of the planning applications received by the Council. All other applications are decided by the Director of Sustainable Communities, under delegated powers.

The main role of the Planning Committee is to make decisions on applications that will have a significant effect on the borough, such as large housing schemes or retail development. 

However, they also decide applications:

  • that the Council itself has made, for example, to redevelop a building that it owns;
  • that a councillor or a council employee has made, or when the applicant is related to a councillor or council employee;
  • that the Director of Sustainable Communities feels it is appropriate for the Committee to decide; or
  • that a councillor asks the Committee to decide for planning reasons

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Last updated: 18 March 2020

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