Planning committee

Certain applications will be decided by a Planning Committee rather than by officers. Planning Committees are made up of elected Councillors. There are two Planning Committees that cover applications within the former South Northamptonshire Area, the Strategic Planning Committee and the South Northamptonshire Local Area Planning Committee.

Decisions on most applications are dealt with by officers, only those that meet the following tests require a member decision and will be determined by a Planning Committee:

a) The decision would lead to a significant departure from the local plan
b) Where called in by at least 1 ward member
c) Major applications to develop the Council’s own land
d) Applications by relevant officers employed by the Council
e) Applications deemed by the Executive Director to require a member decision.

The majority of applications in the South Northamptonshire Area that require a member decision will be dealt with by the Local Area Planning Committee. The following applications that require a member decision will be dealt with by the Strategic Planning Committee:

  • Large-scale major developments of 200 houses (or 4 hectares) or more
  • Commercial developments of 10,000 square metres (or 2 hectares) or more
  • Strategically important developments
  • Applications that cross the boundary of two local area committees

See details of the South Northamptonshire Local Area Planning Committee.

See details of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Details of the South Northamptonshire Planning Committee (Agendas, Minutes and Decisions) prior to becoming part of West Northamptonshire are available on request, email democraticservices@westnorthants.gov.uk..