It’s usually held in the Council offices.
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’s 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. However, it’s likely to involve an additional cost, so email email@example.com 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 and the decision's deferred until the next full committee meeting.