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Upcoming Pre-application Community Engagement (PACE) Forums

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, we’re unable to provide a safe environment for face-to-face Pre-application Community Engagement Forums.  Officers are currently reviewing options for working with local councils and developers on community engagement.

All forthcoming Forums will be published on this page.

The purpose of a PACE Forum is:

  • to enable the developer to explain development proposals directly to Members, the Local Council and local residents 
  • to identify any issues that may be considered in any formal application
  • to inform Members and the public of a development  proposal at an early stage in the pre-application process
  • to inform officer pre-application discussions with the developer
  • to enable the developer to shape an application to address community issues

The Forum is not meant to:

  • negotiate the proposal in public
  • commit Members or the local planning authority to a view
  • allow objectors to frustrate the process
  • address or necessarily identify all the issues that will need to be considered in a future planning application
  • take the place of the normal application process or the Planning Committee

The outcome of the Forum will be:

  • Local residents will be able to help shape the proposed development
  • The developer will have a list of main points to consider
  • Stakeholders and public will be aware of proposals
  • Members will be better informed on significant  planning issues
  • Officers will be better informed as to community expectations during their pre-application negotiations with developers

Attendees can speak at the Forums with a maximum of three minutes allowed per speaker. However it is emphasised that speakers must make a new point or emphasis and no duplication of topics will be permitted. 

The formal Forum part of a public engagement event will take place between the times stated.  There will also be the opportunity to view information on the proposal and speak to the developers informally immediately before and after the Forum.

Residents’ written comments received at a Forum will be forwarded to developers with the feedback from the event. However, if residents wish to make comments after the forum, then these must be made directly to the developer and not the Local Planning Authority (LPA). This is due to the fact that the potential development is at the pre-application stage not full application stage. When a full application is received, comments can be made directly to the LPA through the usual processes.