Up to January 2011,
the Council had three area-based planning committees that were responsible for
determining and monitoring planning applications and related enforcement
matters under planning legislation.
These three area Committees were combined into one Planning Committee,
which first met on 6 January 2011.
Due to the volume
of applications, not all planning applications are decided by Committee. Many are determined by the Head of Planning and
Building Control under delegated powers, within the framework approved by the
Council. However, all major or
significant applications are presented to the Planning Committee for
Members of the
public are entitled to speak at meetings of the Planning Committee for up to
three minutes on any planning application being considered. The procedure allows one person to speak in
favour of the application and one to speak against. Requests to speak are dealt with on a first
come, first served basis. If you would
like to speak you must register to do so by calling 0500 400 160 between
10am and 4pm on the day of the meeting.
Meetings of the Planning Committee are broadcast on the
Council’s website and can be viewed live and for a period of six months after
Terms of Reference
The determination of applications under planning
legislation and related enforcement matters.
Decisions in relation to the protection and
preservation of specified trees and hedgerows and related enforcement action.
Powers delegated by Hertfordshire County Council
as the highway authority relating to the protection and assertion of public
rights of way, including powers to create, divert or stop up footpaths,
bridleways and byways.
Powers relating to complaints about high hedges.