Committee details

Planning Committee

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Purpose of committee



Making decisions on the town and country planning and development control matters within the terms of reference of the Planning Committee including the following:-

  • The approval of development which would be a substantial departure from the Development Plan.
  • The approval of development which would have a significant impact outside of its immediate vicinity, e.g. it would generate significant volumes of traffic noise or atmospheric pollution; or it would have significant impact on the pattern of trading; or it would be prominent on the landscape.
  • Where the proposed development has given rise to a substantial weight of public concern.

Executive powers: The Committee shall have power to determine all matters within its terms of reference.

The above is given as a summary only; the full version of the delegation agreement can be found in the Planning Committee Handbook.



Planning Committee meetings are held in the Civic Suite, Solihull and all Councillors participating in the Committee process are required to be there in person.


Any member of the press and public may watch the proceedings at this meeting via the Council’s Meetings Channel.

Members of the press and public may tweet, blog etc. during the live broadcast, as they would be able to during a regular Committee meeting in the Council Offices.


Public Speaking on Planning Applications at Committee Meetings


Any members of the public who are registered and wish to make representations to the Committee following the publication of an agenda can do so by contacting


The preferred approach for making representations to Committee is to be there in person. In exceptional circumstances though virtual presentations will be allowed. In these cases, registration details will be provided. A copy of the presentation should also be provided in case of technical issues.  Submissions must not exceed the permitted 3 minutes speaking time when read out.


In the event of more than one applicant, supporter or objector wishing to address the Committee, a spokesperson should be nominated who will submit representations on behalf of all registered speakers.

Ward Members may address the Committee and their submissions must not exceed 4 minutes speaking time.


The Council has agreed a Webcasting Protocol to assist the conduct of webcast meetings and to ensure that in doing so the Council is compliant with its obligations under the Data Protection and Human Rights legislation.




Contact information

Support officer: David Acton. Email:

Phone: 0121 704-6156