Speak at the planning sub-committee

You can request to speak at the planning sub-committee when they are making a decision on a planning application that you submitted a written representation about.

The planning sub-committee does not decide all planning applications. Officers make decisions on some planning applications. Our scheme of delegation decides whether the planning sub-committee or an officer decides on an application.


Speak at the planning sub-committee 

If an application is being decided by the planning sub-committee, then we notify everyone who has made a representation.

If you want to speak at the meeting, contact governance@hackney.gov.uk no later than 4pm on the working day before the meeting.

We will not accept requests made after the deadline.

Submit material to illustrate a point

Speakers can ask to introduce a maximum of two photographs or other illustrative material if this will help them in making their representations. The material must depict a fair impression of the application site. 

Speakers must submit material by 4pm on the working day before the meeting to governance@hackney.gov.uk.  We will not accept requests submitted after the deadline.

All parties attending the meeting to speak on the application agree on the inclusion of the material.

The chair of the sub-committee has discretion to refuse the use of such material.

An applicant may ask to display an architectural model or samples of material at the meeting. They must contact us before the meeting to facilitate this as it’s not always possible.


We send the applicant the notice of decision. We also publish the decision on our Planning decision notices page.

If an application has been refused then the applicant can appeal to the Planning Inspectorate – an independent Government Agency

If an applicant disagrees with a condition on their approved application, they can appeal. Once an application is granted, objectors cannot appeal to the Planning Inspectorate except through a judicial review. All those who made representations are informed of any appeal and given the chance to add more comments. These comments are then sent to the Planning Inspectorate.

Page updated on: 15 November 2023

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