Please note that following the decisions taken at the council assembly meeting on 20 May 2023, this committee is now decommissioned. To view information relating to the current planning committees, please refer to: Committee structure - Southwark Council.
Role and functions of planning committee
o strategic and major planning applications (as defined in the matters reserved to the committee)
o designation of conservation areas including the adoption of conservation area character appraisals and detailed design guidance
o any other planning responsibilities of the authority created by statute (and delegated to the committee).
Matters reserved for decision by the planning committee
a. those which are significantly contrary to the provisions of the local development framework approved by the council for the purpose of development control, and which are recommended for approval.
b. those which are controversial, i.e. subject to 5 or more relevant objections (a “relevant objection” is defined as any objection except an objection which clearly does not raise any material planning considerations) or raise a major issue of a planning nature except:
i. where in the opinion of the appropriate chief officer the objection can be overcome by the imposition of an appropriate condition, or
ii. where the application clearly complies with the relevant planning policies, in which case the decision may be taken by officers, or
iii. where the application is a straightforward refusal.
c. those requested by two councillors to be determined by elected members, subject to the request being agreed by the chair of the planning committee in consultation with the appropriate chief officer.
d. applications for the council’s own developments which are controversial, i.e. subject to 5 or more relevant objections (a “relevant objection” is defined as any objection except an objection which clearly does not raise any material planning considerations).
e. those involving legal agreements, other than those in accordance with policy requirements, e.g. affordable housing, highway improvements, environmental work and other works required as part of a development proposal.
a. applications which require referral to the Mayor of London
b. applications which are required to be notified to the Secretary of State as departures from the development plan document (including the unitary development plan)
c. applications where the submission of an environmental impact assessment is required by regulation or following a screening application
d. applications for the development of metropolitan open land
e. applications for the development of contaminated land
f. specific applications not covered by the above but determined as strategic by the appropriate chief officer.
Planning committee meetings take place in the council offices at 160 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QH unless indicated otherwise.
Support officer: Gregory Weaver, Constitutional Officer. Email: email@example.com
Law and Democracy Department
160 Tooley Street
PO Box 64529
Web site: http://www.southwark.gov.uk