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Step 8: Speak at committee meetings

Speaking at the committee meeting where the application is considered could make all the difference to your chance of success.

Speaking at the committee meeting where the application you're interested in is being considered could make all the difference to your chance of success.

Councillors tend to respond to strong local feeling. Some councils give the public the chance to speak for a few minutes at meetings to express their views.

How to organise speaking at a meeting:

  • contact your local planning authority to ask if it allows interested members of the public to speak at committee meetings. The procedures on whether and when people are allowed to speak vary by local planning authority;
  • give early notice that you want to speak. Some local planning authorities require you to give this notice when you submit your written comments on a planning application;
  • if you're allowed to speak, confirm the date and location of the meeting and how long you will be allowed to speak for; and
  • find out who else is speaking at the meeting and make sure you put any shared views across strongly and avoid repetition. If the local planning authority won't provide this information, you can use the planning officer's report to the committee, which should identify the most significant responses to the application.

Further reading

Public speaking
Case studies for commenting on planning applications