A hearing is a public meeting where a Council Hearings Committee hears evidence for and against your application, and decides whether to approve it. It’s usually held in one of the Council buildings.
Generally, only you and people who’ve made submissions are allowed to speak at the hearing. You have the chance to comment on a Council officer’s report on your application, and on any submissions that have been made.
You can ask for one or more independent commissioners to hear and decide your application, rather than the committee or councillors (acting as Hearing Commissioners). However, it’s likely to involve an additional cost, so please get in touch if you’d like to investigate this option.
The hearing will have one of two results:
- If three or more councillors or committee members attend the hearing, a final decision can be made at the time and the decision announced within the next 15 working days.
- If fewer than three councillors or committee members attend, a recommendation will be made; the decision's deferred until the next full committee meeting.