Committee details

South Hams Development Management Committee

Purpose of committee

Meetings of the Development Management Committee consist of 12 District Councillors and are held approximately every four weeks on a Thursday.


The full list of functions and procedure rules for Development Management Committee can be found in our Constitution Delegation Scheme (see Our Constitution). The main function of the committee is to decide planning applications.


Not all planning applications go before Development Management Committee. If you have commented on an application which is going before the committee, you will be notified in advance.


If a Councillor cannot attend the meeting for any reason, they can appoint a substitute. You can read about the substitution protocol and see the nominated substitutes for each Political Party here.


Can I speak at the meeting?


The Development Management Committee has provision for a public participation scheme. This allows an objector and a supporter to speak on each application which is presented to the Committee for a decision. Speakers have a maximum of three minutes (or five minutes for major applications) to make their case and, unless asked to clarify particular points, will not be able to speak after this.


To find out more about speaking at Development Management Committee, please see Public Participation at Development Management Committee.


Development Management Committee meetings are live streamed on the internet. You can watch meetings live and see previous meetings on our YouTube Channel.


Contact information

Support officer: Amelia Boulter - Democratic Services Specialist 01822 813651.