You can only address the committee with comments relating to individual planning applications which are on the agenda. The Authority has other avenues for you to contribute to discussions relating to planning policy etc.
Only the applicant (or their agent) or people who have previously submitted written comments can make a request to address the committee.
You cannot demand to speak to the Committee as a right. The invitation to speak and the conduct of the meeting is at the discretion of the Chair.
Planning Committee Meeting at Plas Tan y Bwlch (© SNPA)
How do I submit a request to address the Committee?
The procedure to follow is the same regardless of whether you are the applicant or a person with an interest in the application. The onus is on you to find out whether a particular application will be referred to the Committee for a decision. You can do this by contacting the National Park Authority Planning Department after the closing date for comments.
You must submit a request in writing to the Authority by 12 noon on the Friday prior to the Committee at the latest.
Your request should include your name and contact details (including daytime telephone number) and details of the specific planning application with reference number if you have it.
Only one person can speak for or against an application. The Chair has the discretion to allow a second speaker, but this will usually only be in exceptional circumstances.
If several people wish to speak, you must get together and decide upon a spokesperson and inform the Authority. It is a condition of this scheme that you permit the Authority to share your contact details with others who have made a request to speak, so that you can decide upon a spokesperson.
If no agreement can be reached, the first person who submitted the request to address the Committee will be allowed to speak.
The Authority will telephone you to confirm details of the Committee (e.g. date, time, venue and item number on agenda). Please note that the Authority cannot take any responsibility for failure to reach you through the contact details you have given.
The Right to Reply
Where notice has been received from an objector wishing to address the Committee, the applicant (or their agent) will be entitled to exercise the right to reply.
If the applicant has not already requested to address the Committee, the Authority will contact the applicant (or their agent) to inform them of the situation.
Addressing the Committee
Unless the Chair of the Committee specifies to the contrary, planning applications will be heard in the order that they appear on the published agenda. Please note that an application cannot be postponed because you’re not ready to speak or you aren’t present at the meeting, when the application is announced by the Chair.
When invited to do so, you may address the Committee once for a maximum of 3 minutes. You will be expected to present your views courteously and with proper respect for the opinions of others.
No handouts, photographs or presentation equipment can be used.
Having spoken you must leave the matter to be debated by the Committee and must not join in the debate. However, the Chair of the Committee may ask you questions to clarify any points raised.
What types of issues are relevant?
The planning system exists to regulate the development and use of land in the public interest. Agreed planning policies contained in the Eryri Local Plan guide the process, along with national planning legislation and guidance.
These planning policies are the most important consideration in deciding planning applications because they set out the guidance of how land should be developed.
The following is a brief list of the types of relevant issues which can be considered by the Authority:
- Compliance of the proposals with the Eryri Local Plan and national legislation and guidance.
- How the proposal relates to the surrounding area in terms of design.
- Whether the proposal would significantly overshadow or have a serious oppressive or overbearing impact.
- Whether the proposal would result in a serious loss of privacy to adjoining properties.
- The effect of parking, traffic and road safety.
- Unacceptable noise and disturbance to adjoining residents.
- Flood risk.
No matter how strongly you feel, if an issue raised is not relevant to the planning process then the Authority will not be able to take it into consideration in making a decision. The Authority cannot refuse planning permission simply because people object, or approve it because many people are in support.
The Authority cannot take into consideration issues you raise relating to:
- The alleged character and behaviour of an applicant
- Loss of views
- Devaluation of property
- Covenants affecting properties
- Land ownership or boundary disputes
- Trade objections from potential competitors
What happens after I’ve made my presentation to the Committee?
When the Committee has heard from all speakers, they will debate the application and propose a course of action.
The Committee can decide to approve or refuse the application on the day. Alternatively, the Committee can decide to defer the decision so that a Site Visit can be arranged or to gain further information. In such cases, you will not be allowed to address the Committee again at a future meeting.
Can I appeal against a decision?
Only the applicant can appeal against a decision.
For more information about what happens at the Planning and Access Committee and an explanation of the types of decisions the Committee can take, please see the separate leaflet ‘Planning Committee: What Happens?’
If you would like to address the Planning and Access Committee, please submit a written application to:
The Planning Service (Development Management)
Snowdonia National Park Authority
National Park Offices