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 – some are decided by officers. Whether an application is decided by the planning sub-committee or an officer depends upon the Council’s scheme of delegation. You can get a copy of the scheme by emailing governance@hackney.gov.uk.


Speak at the planning sub-committee 

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

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

Requests made after the deadline are not accepted.

Submit material to illustrate a point

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

Material must be submitted to governance@hackney.gov.uk by 4pm on the working day before the meeting. Requests submitted after the deadline are not accepted.

The inclusion of the material is agreed by all parties attending the meeting to speak on the application. 

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

An applicant may ask that an architectural model or samples of material be displayed in the meeting room – they are required to contact us before the meeting to facilitate this. It’s not always possible to display such material. Our facilities team has the final say based upon health and safety considerations dependent upon the dimensions and weight of the model.


The applicant is sent the notice of decision. The decision is also published on our website.

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

An applicant can also appeal against a condition on a permitted application. Any original comments are forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate. Where an application has been granted, there is no opportunity for objectors to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate, other than by means of a judicial review. All those who made written comments are advised of any appeal and asked if they wish to make further comments. The original comments are forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate.

Page updated on: 4 October 2022

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