Process of Decision Making
Most decisions are made by Officers and Managers in the Planning Department. The remaining decisions are made by the Planning Control Committee in cases which fall within the following category:
Major applications which although complying with all Policy requirements generate a significant amount of public opposition
All applications made by serving Members of the Council and employees of the Council
All major applications made by or on behalf of the Council
Applications for telecommunications development which involve the erection or installation of new masts to which there has been recorded public opposition
Applications where a request from an objector or applicant has been made to address a meeting of the Planning Control Committee in connection with it
Applications where one or more members of the Planning Control Committee have requested that the application is reported for decision by the Committee rather than determined by Officers.
The Officer's report in all cases makes an assessment of all the relevant considerations, contains a summary of all comments received and makes a recommendation to approve or refuse the application. A recommendation of approval may include conditions to deal with some or all of the matters people have expressed concern about and also to ensure that planning policies and standards are met. Once the report is completed and added to the relevant Planning Control Committee Agenda, the report can then be viewed on line through our Planning Control Committee pages. If an application is reported to committee it decides whether or not to accept the Officer's recommendation and it may take a different view where the arguments for and against an application are not clear cut. It may defer consideration of the application until Members of the Committee have visited the site if this has not already happened. Meetings of the Committee normally take place every three weeks on Wednesdays, commencing at 3.00 p.m. Contact the Planning Control Team to find out forthcoming dates.
You can arrange to address the Committee in support of your application or your objection by making a written application to speak at the meeting which is due to determine the application. The protocols for speaking are explained in a leaflet entitled "Local Protocol Booklet", available below. The report and the file containing all written comments received on the application can be made available for inspection if an appointment is made. Copies of any documents on the file can be supplied for a small charge. For more information please contact:
Cannock Chase District Council
Planning Control Service
P.O Box 28
WS11 1BG Tel: 01543 462621
Local Protocol Booklet
Last Updated: 14/08/2017