How to register an interest to speak
As a temporary measure, and as a consequence of the Covid 19 emergency, the Planning Applications Committee are currently being held remotely (see document below for further details). Prior notice of meetings will be shown on the Council’s website in the usual way. The meetings will be live streamed and viewable by the public by clicking on a link that will be provided on the committee pages.
Live public speaking has temporarily been suspended although it is it remains possible to submit speeches on planning applications due to be considered by Committee. Our revised Public Speaking Scheme guidelines are set out below:
Registration for members of the public who want to submit a speech on an application will open from the time the agenda for that meeting is published on the Council’s website.
To register to submit a speech on an application you should email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the planning department on 01273 471600. If telephoning to register, please speak to a member of the planning team, please do not leave a message on an answerphone. You will need to provide your name, address, contact telephone number, the application number, state whether your speech is in favour or against the application, and your relationship to the application site.
All requests to submit a speech must be submitted no later than 12 noon, two clear days prior to the committee meeting (for example, the deadline would be 12 noon on the Monday prior to a Wednesday committee meeting).
- Speakers are registered on a first-come, first served basis and places fill up quickly.
- The Public Speaking Scheme rules which place a limit on the numbers of public speakers allowed and time allotted to each speaker still apply to these temporary arrangements. The maximum time for each speech is three minutes, other than the Ward Member/s and Town/Parish Councillors who have five minutes and this will be strictly applied.
Registered speakers will not be able to participate in a live meeting although their speeches/ comments will be read out to the committee by an Officer.
Once you have received an email to confirm your registration to submit a speech has been successful, please email a copy of your speech to email@example.com no later than 12 noon on the day before the committee meeting. The text of your speech will also likely to be published as part of the supplementary report for members to view prior to the meeting.
- Submissions must not include any photographic or other images and if such information is included, it will not be circulated to members to view. Any submissions considered to contain aggressive or abusive language, or that make personal remarks regarding any Member, officer or third party will be rejected.
Agendas and reports for forthcoming meetings are available on our committee pages.
You can also read minutes from previous meetings and find full details of the councillors on our Planning Applications Committee.
Please read the document below for further details on time limits and number of speakers for planning application committee meetings for Lewes District Council.