The planning application process
The case planning officer will make a recommendation to the person or body authorised to make a decision. This will be the relevant Committee of the Council, the sub-committee or individual to whom authority to make a decision has been delegated. If the application is to be decided at a Committee meeting, the objectors and the applicant will be contacted to be advised of the time and venue and of any arrangements to enable them to take part. Such meetings are held in public and all interested parties are free to attend and observe how a decision is reached.