Planning Committee

Information about the role of the committee, which councillors sit on it, who chairs the committee, when are the meetings, are they open to the public, can public speak at the committees, what decisions are made and how and when can you view the agenda and minutes.

What is the role of the Planning Committee?

The role of the Planning Committee is to guide the council in the formulation of its policies relating to Town and Country Planning and to exercise the powers and duties of the council as the Planning Authority.

The Planning Committee also determines applications under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and related legislation in relation to the following:

  • planning applications for mineral extraction or waste disposal unless in respect of small-scale works which are ancillary to an existing mineral working or waste disposal facility;
  • planning applications accompanied by an Environmental Impact Statement;
  • planning applications which represent a significant departure from Structure Plan or Local Plan Policy;
  • planning applications which, by their scale, nature or location, have implications which extend beyond the limits of the area in which they are situated.

The committee's full terms of reference and delegated functions can be viewed in the council's constitution.

Which councillors sit on the committee?


Councillor McMaster (Chair)
Councillor Wilkinson (Vice-Chair)
Councillor Chadwick
Councillor Handley
Councillor Lee
Councillor Rudd
Councillor Sargeantson
Councillor Steel
Councillor Tucker


Councillor Mathieson
Councillor Whittle

Liberal Democrat

Councillor Davison

Who chairs meetings?

Councillor McMaster chairs meetings of the Committee.

When are meetings?

Please see the dates below of the forthcoming meetings:

Planning Committee meeting dates

Date Time Venue
Thursday, 18 April 2019 2pm  County Hall, Beverley 
Thursday, 30 May 2019  2pm  County Hall, Beverley 
Thursday, 20 June 2019 2pm County Hall, Beverley
Thursday, 11 July 2019 2pm County Hall, Beverley
Thursday, 8 August 2019 2pm County Hall, Beverley
Thursday, 12 September 2019 2pm County Hall, Beverley
Thursday, 3 October 2019 2pm County Hall, Beverley
Thursday, 24 October 2019 2pm County Hall, Beverley
Thursday, 14 November 2019 2pm County Hall, Beverley
Thursday, 5 December 2019 2pm County Hall, Beverley
Thursday, 9 January 2020 2pm County Hall, Beverley
Thursday, 30 January 2020 2pm County Hall, Beverley
Thursday, 20 February 2020 2pm County Hall, Beverley
Thursday, 12 March 2020 2pm County Hall, Beverley
Thursday, 2 April 2020 2pm County Hall, Beverley
Thursday, 23 April 2020  2pm  County Hall, Beverley 

Are meetings open to the public?

Yes. Meetings are open to the public but there may be some matters which will be considered in private. During such situations members of the public will be asked to leave the meeting at this point. The circumstances under which we can consider matters in private are tightly controlled by law.

Can members of the public speak at meetings?

Yes but only if they have registered to speak on an application prior to the meeting taking place. However, members of the public are not permitted to ask questions at these meetings.

For further details on registering to speak, please look at the Speaking at a planning committee meeting page.

Can I record, film, take photographs or use social media during meetings?

Yes, new legislation means that you can film, record, take photos and use social media during open meetings. For more information please visit the photography, filming and social media use page.

What decisions can the committee make on an application?

The Committee can make the following decisions:

Approve - this means that the application can go ahead.

Refuse - this means that the application cannot go ahead.

Defer - either for Members to carry out a site visit before making a decision, or for Members to request more information from other parties before the application is brought back to be considered by the Committee.

Defer and delegate approval or refusal - this means that the Committee gives authority to the Director to approve or refuse an application subject to the provisos in the report without the need for the application to be reconsidered by the Committee.

How and when can I view agenda and minutes?


Agenda and reports are placed on public deposit five clear working days before each meeting and can be downloaded by selecting the relevant agenda below.

Reports containing exempt or confidential matters will not, however, be available.


Minutes are placed on public deposit no later than five clear working days after each meeting and can be downloaded by selecting the relevant minute below:

Please note: agendas and minutes of meetings prior to those available online may be obtained by contacting the committee manager, Jon Whyley:

Email: jon.whyley@eastriding.gov.uk

Tel: (01482) 393207

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Democratic Services
County Hall
HU17 9BA.

Can I learn more about the planning process?

Read about what happens after you apply for planning permission to find out how a planning application is processed, how residents are consulted and what to do if an application is turned down.