Chief Executive Decisions Taken Under Emergency Powers

As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, meetings of the Planning Committee have been cancelled. 

Instead, the Chief Executive will be taking decisions normally taken by the Planning Committee under emergency powers. 

Whilst advance notice of these decisions do not need to be given at this time, the Council will publish reports in a timely and transparent manner. 

These reports will be published and can be found under the heading 'Chief Executive Decisions Taken Under Emergency Powers'.

Planning Decisions 

Prior to taking any planning decision, the Chief Executive will have regard to the views of a small number of Planning Committee members, namely:

  • Councillor Iqbal (Chair - Labour)
  • Councillor Borrow (Vice-Chair - Labour) 
  • Councillor Bax (Labour) 
  • Councillor Mrs Whittam (Conservative Group Leader)
  • Councillor Neil Darby (Liberal Democrat)

If a named Member is unavailable another Councillor from the Planning Committee will take their place.

The Chief Executive will also take into consideration written representations submitted in lieu of public speaking, as such a revised protocol has been devised to be followed for this temporary period of decision making. 

Please find details of how to submit your written representations in lieu of public speaking below.

Following any planning decision being taken by the Chief Executive under his emergency powers, minutes will be written and published in the normal manner.

Submitting written representations to the Chief Executive

Protocol for submitting written representations to the Chief Executive taking planning decisions Under Emergency Powers:

  1. Any person directly affected by proposals including applicants, objectors or supporters (or their representatives) may make representations to the Chief Executive.
  2. Ward Councillors whose wards are directly affected by proposals may also make representations to the Chief Executive.
  3. Any person wishing to make representations to the Chief Executive must provide their representations in an email to devcon@preston.gov.uk by 12 noon on or before Monday 4 May 2020. Any representations received after that time will not be considered by the Chief Executive.
  4. Each representation must be no more than 500 words at size 12 in Arial font.
  5. A maximum of three representations (not including ward Councillors) will be submitted to the Chief Executive on each item. For example, two objectors and one applicant or agent, or one objector, one supporter and one applicant or agent.
  6. If more than three representations are received (by 12 noon on Monday 4 May 2020) individuals will be contacted by the case officer to group similar representations together to submit one comprehensive representation of no more than 500 words at size 12 in Arial font to the Chief Executive on behalf of all objectors, and/or all supporters and the applicant, so that all parties can be fairly represented.
  7. Ward Councillors are advised that their representations must be no longer than and no more than 1000 words at size 12 in Arial font and must be submitted by email to devcon@preston.gov.uk by 12 noon on or before Monday 4 May 2020. Any representations received after that time will not be considered by the Chief Executive.