Meetings of the Development Management Committee consist of twelve District Councillors and are held approximately every four weeks on a Wednesday.

DM Committee meetings are live streamed on the internet. You can watch the live proceedings on our Engagement Portal.

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What does the Committee Do?

The full list of functions and procedure rules for Development Management Committee can be found in part 3b of the Constitution Delegation Scheme (see Our Constitution). The main function of the committee is to decide planning applications.

If a Councillor cannot attend the meeting for any reason, they can appoint a substitute. You can read about the substitution protocol and see the nominated substitutes for each Political Party here.

Not all planning applications go before Development Management Committee. If you have commented on an application which is going before the Committee, you will be notified in advance.


Can I speak at the meeting?

The Development Management Committee has provision for a public participation scheme. This allows an objector and a supporter to speak on each application which is presented to the Committee for a decision. Speakers have a maximum of three minutes (or five minutes for major applications) to make their case and, unless asked to clarify particular points, will not be able to speak after this.

To find out more about speaking at Development Management Committee, please follow this link.


Who are the Councillors on the Committee?

The current members of the Development Management Committee are:

Development Management Committee

Nominated Substitutes

Cllr Julian Brazil, ChairmanCllr Denise O'Callaghan, Cllr Dan Thomas
Cllr Richard Foss, Vice ChairCllr Helen Reeve, Cllr Peter Smerdon, Cllr Barry Spencer
Cllr Victor AbbottCllr Denise O'Callaghan, Cllr Dan Thomas
Cllr Dan BrownCllr Helen Reeve, Cllr Peter Smerdon, Cllr Barry Spencer
Cllr Jacqi HodgsonCllr Joseph Rose, Cllr Jo Sweett
Cllr Tom HolwayCllr Helen Reeve, Cllr Peter Smerdon, Cllr Barry Spencer
Cllr Kate KempCllr Denise O'Callaghan, Cllr Dan Thomas
Cllr Mark LongNone
Cllr Guy PannellCllr Denise O'Callaghan, Cllr Dan Thomas
Cllr Karen PringleCllr Helen Reeve, Cllr Peter Smerdon, Cllr Barry Spencer
Cllr Rosemary RoweCllr Helen Reeve, Cllr Peter Smerdon, Cllr Barry Spencer
Cllr Bernard TaylorCllr Helen Reeve, Cllr Peter Smerdon, Cllr Barry Spencer