A Local Voice in the Planning Process

Beverley Town Council is a consultee in the planning process.  Whilst the Town Council can make comments and recommendations regarding planning applications, it does not manage the planning system or make the final decision – this responsibility lies with East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

However, the Town Council looks at many planning applications per month and makes comments where required, which the East Riding of Yorkshire Council can take into consideration when making their final decisions.  The comments made by the Town Council are recorded in the minutes of the appropriate meeting.

Planning applications are considered by the Town Council’s Planning, Environment and Services Committee.  If you would like to attend a planning meeting to speak on an application to help Councillors form their opinions on it, please contact clerk@beverley.gov.uk.

Public Speaking on Planning Applications


  • Beverley Town Council is a statutory consultee in the planning process. It does not make final decisions on planning applications – this is the responsibility of East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC).  However, ERYC consults with the Town Council on planning applications and can choose whether or not take comments it makes into consideration when making their final decisions.
  • Planning Applications are usually considered by the Town Council’s Planning, Environment and Services Committee (PES).
  • The Town Council’s Scheme of Delegation allows for the Town Clerk, in consultation with the PPS Chair, to submit comments on minor applications or those that require comments before the next PES meeting. The Deputy Town Clerk can also act on behalf of the Town Clerk.
  • Any major strategic or controversial applications may be sent to Full Council for consideration, rather than being commented on by PES alone.


Public Access to PES Meetings

  • PES meetings are open to the public.
  • If you register to speak, you will be invited to attend.


Public Speaking on Planning Applications

  • Only those that have registered to speak prior to the meeting may address the committee on a specified planning application.
  • Only one person can speak in objection and one in support. The first person to register in each category will have the right to speak. Other interested parties will be encouraged to contact the registered speaker, where possible.

Registering to Speak on Planning Applications

  • To register to speak on a planning application, you must email the Town Council on clerk@beverley.gov.uk later than 5pm on the Friday before the PPS meeting at which the application is to be considered.
  • Registration is on a “first come, first served” basis, so it may be worth consulting with others who wish to comment on an application so you can consolidate your efforts.


When Speak on Planning Applications

  •  Registered speakers will have a maximum of three minutes to address the committee. Please note that this is not a discussion.
  • Speakers are not permitted to circulate any additional information at the meeting (e.g. letters, photographs, etc.).
  • Councillors may ask subsequent questions for clarification.


Recording of Meetings

  • Members of the public have the right to audio or video record meetings or take photographs.
  • If you do not wish to be recorded or photographed when speaking on an application, you must explain this when you register to speak.
  • If you do not wish to visible during livestream, it is your responsibility to ensure your camera is switched off.