Last updated at 11.47am, Friday 24 April
Government has asked that Councils do what they can to ensure the planning process can continue as far as is possible during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Following the national lockdown the standard planning committee meetings have had to be cancelled in response to social distancing regulations.
Following Government guidance, a small number of planning applications will be determined during this period under emergency delegated powers by the Chief Executive in collaboration with the Director of Planning, alongside the Chair and Deputy Chair of the planning committee. This is to ensure applications can continue to be determined in the short term.
In the longer term the ambition is to take the planning committee online and determine applications virtually. Options to do this safely and securely are currently being considered.
Representations from the public can still be submitted and they will be considered as part of the normal planning process.