Fareham Borough Council has adopted a Deputation Scheme for all its committee meetings which form the Council's Committee Structure. The scheme allows anyone currently living, working or studying in the Borough to speak on a specific topic which falls within the Council's powers and functions. In the case of the Planning Committee the topic must relate to an item for discussion on the agenda for that meeting. This page outlines the guidelines and rules for speaking at a Planning Committee meeting.
Planning Committee meetings are held once a month and usually take place in the Collingwood Room attended by 9 Councillors. Further information about our Planning Committee meetings, including a full list of meetings dates can be found here: Planning Committee Meetings.
In order to make a deputation you must formally notify us in writing. This can be done via email, by post, completing a form at the Civic Offices or by completing this online form: Deputation Request. Once your request has been received, you will receive information confirming receipt and advising you of the meeting venue and the time you should attend.
Deputations can be made in person, or as a written statement which will be circulated to members of the Planning Committee prior to the meeting.
If you would like to make a deputation at a Planning Committee meeting you may do so on any item on the agenda, but we ask that you adhere to a few ground rules:
We require a deputation request to be submitted to Democratic Services by noon 3 working days before the meeting. For example, if the meeting is to be held on a Wednesday afternoon, your deputation request must be received by noon on Friday the week before. If you are providing a deputation in writing, these must be received by noon two working days before the meeting.
If you have written or photographic material that you wish to accompany your deputation, please notify the Committee team prior to the meeting. No written material can be distributed at the meeting itself but can be circulated to Members in advance. Photographs can be distributed at the meeting; please advise the Committee Officer of this on your arrival. Supporting information will be distributed to members of the Committee at the discretion of the Head of Democratic Services, and the Council cannot guarantee that all Members will have noted this information. Information submitted as supporting information should be brief and accompany your deputation. It cannot be used as an extension to your deputation time or word count.
We ask that everyone attending a Planning Committee arrives 15 minutes before the start of the meeting. People attending to give a deputation may be asked to arrive earlier than this. Planning Committee agendas are split into Zones (areas of the Borough). On occasion, different Zones may have different start times. The Democratic Services team will be able to provide you with this information.
When you arrive at the meeting venue you will be directed to floor 8 where the meeting will take place. You may be asked to wait in a waiting room until the start of the meeting. A member of the Democratic Services Team will be there to greet you and explain the procedure, including how to use the microphone.
Copies of the meetings agenda and a list of deputations will be made available, either in the waiting room or the meeting room itself.
Each application will be dealt with in this order:
When the decision has been announced you may leave the meeting room or remain there for the rest of the meeting.
It is important to remember that the Planning Committee can only consider certain criteria when deciding a planning application. To help you make the most of the time you have allocated to speak, we have provided details below of what can and cannot be taken into account.
|Matters that can be considered||Matters that cannot be considered|
|Matters that are contrary to structure or local plan||Devalue property or cause the loss of a private view|
|Highway safety and traffic impact, inadequate parking||Breach of covenant in a private contract|
|Not in accordance with government policy||Applicant does not own the land|
|Servicing or turning space provided||Boundary disputes|
|Harmful to conservation area or listed building||Local opposition i.e. vandalism, over-population|
|Overdevelopment or excessive development||Matters covered by other legislation e.g. alcohol licensing|
|Overlooking or loss of privacy or other residential amenity||Objections raised on moral, racial, or religious views|
|Visually intrusive or overbearing||Personal views about the applicant|
|Poor external design, appearance or layout||Already too many other similar uses|
|Loss of fine trees seen from public spaces|
|Likelihood of excessive or late night noise, dust and/or smell|
|Conflict with Nature Conservation criteria for the area.|
The rules of our deputation scheme are bound by the Council's Constitution, which can be found by following this link: Constitution (524 KB).
The Council's Committee Officers are available to discuss any aspect of the deputation process. We understand how potentially daunting giving a deputation can be so we are here to help. If you have any queries or require any further clarification then please call our Democratic Services on 01329 824581 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.