Public Participation at Development Control Committee
Councillors who sit on the Dacorum Borough Council are elected by voters in the Borough to decide on a range of issues on behalf of residents.
Every now and then, there may be an issue which you feel strongly about and want the chance to talk to Councillors about. You can talk directly to the Councillor elected to represent you, but you can also address Councillors at their meetings.
The Development Control Committee meet on average every 3 weeks. A list of these dates can be found on our key dates page.
There are some rules to make sure that as many people as possible can be heard fairly. You need to let us know in advance if you want to speak. There are limits on how much of each meeting can be taken up with people having their say and how long each person can speak for.
- Every person must when invited to do so address their statement or question to the Chairman of the Committee.
- Every person must maintain respect for the Chairman and the meeting.
- Every person must after making a statement or asking a question take their seat to listen to the reply or if they wish join the public for the rest of the meeting or leave the meeting.
The questioner may not ask the same or a similar question within a six month period except for the following circumstances:
- deferred planning applications which have foregone a significant or material change since originally being considered
- resubmitted planning applications which have foregone a significant or material change
- any issues which are resubmitted to Committee in view of further facts or information to be considered.
At a meeting of the Development Control Committee, a person or their representative may speak on a particular planning application, provided that it is on the agenda to be considered at the meeting.
For each planning application, which is subject of consideration at the meeting, a maximum period of three minutes will be allocated for each of the following to address the meeting, on a 'first come, first served basis' :
- Town/Parish Council and Neighbourhood Associations;
- Objectors to an application;
- Supporters of the application.
If more than one person in any of the categories above wishes to speak they should agree with the other members of that category the order in which they should speak or alternatively they may if they so wish, agree that one member of a category will represent the views of the others.
The time permitted per speaker is 3 minutes. Where more than one person wishes to speak on a planning application, the shared time is increased fr om 3 to 5 minutes.
If you wish to speak you need to let us know in writing or by telephone, before noon on the day before the meeting.
To register to speak, please complete and submit a form by clicking the link below or email your name, address, telephone number and details of the comment or question you wish to raise.
What to do at a meeting
- Check the date, time and venue
- Turn up 5 minutes early
- Do not smoke
- Ask someone to let the committee administrator know you are there
- Speak clearly and concisely when you are talking to the meeting
For further information regarding public participation, please telephone: (01442) 228222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org