How a Decision is Reached

Once the Planning Officer has evaluated all the information received on an application, it is assessed against the Council’s approved planning policies and other relevant matters. If it is considered inappropriate for the application to have a decision issued under delegated powers (view details of the Council’s Scheme of Delegation – Section 7.1, from page 35), the application will be reported to Members of the appropriate Development Control Committee for decision.

If you are an applicant or an objector to a planning application unfortunately it will not be possible for you to see a copy of the planning officers report (or know the recommendations) until it is either published as part of a committee agenda or an officer delegated decision has been made.

Each of these two Committees meet every four weeks. The dates of forthcoming meetings can be found on the Council’s timetable of meetings.

The agenda for the forthcoming/current meeting is available five working days before the meeting. This is also available for public inspection at the Council Offices.

Minutes of previous meetings are also available for public inspection at the Council Offices or online:

Both North and South Committees meet on a Thursday at 10:30am in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham.

The Council operates a scheme of public speaking  at these Committee meetings prior to consideration of any application being reported on the agendas, where up to 2 people for and 2 people against an application may address the meetings for up to 2 minutes each. Anyone wishing to take up this opportunity should contact Democratic Services on 01892 602720, by phone or in person from 9am, five clear working days before the date of the committee, until 5pm the day before the committee.

The applicant has the right of appeal to the Secretary of State at the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions in the following circumstances:

  • if a decision has not been reached within 8 weeks of the application being received by the Council
  • upon receipt of a decision notice either for refusal or approval (where the applicant is aggrieved by any condition imposed)

Please Note: Third parties (ie local residents) do not have a right of appeal against any decision made by the Planning Authority. Correspondence with third parties following the decision will not be undertaken due to workloads.  If you do have any concerns regarding the decision making process, please refer to the Council’s Complaints Procedure.