Planning and Highways Committee


Following the recent Government announcement and High Court decision relating to Council meetings, from the 6th May all meetings, including the Planning & Highways Committee meeting, must be held in person with members of the public allowed to attend. There will be no virtual meeting. Please contact Democratic Services at for more information and details relating to the arrangements of the meetings, in terms of venue, time, and instructions for members of the public.

The members of the Planning & Highways Committee are all councillors who represent the various wards of the borough of Blackburn With Darwen.

The committee meets every month and determines planning applications for certain major developments and others where objections have been received (under the Chair Referral, or Member referral process). See the Scheme of delegation to Planning & Highways Committee in the Council constitution for further information.

In all cases the committee will visit the site where the development is proposed prior to considering the application. These visits are for the members of the committee only assisted by the Planning Manager, and no representations can be made to the members on the visit. Presently, site visits are suspended due to the current COVID19 restrictions.

Attending committee meetings

Committee meeting details

You are welcome to attend the committee meeting.

If you want to speak at the meeting, please download the form from the documents section below then complete and return the form.

This will need to be completed no later than one day prior to the meeting taking place.

The committee meeting starts at 18:30 in the Old Town Hall, Blackburn, but please arrive by 18:15 so that the chairman can outline how the meeting will be conducted to those who wish to speak.

The majority of decisions are determined by the Strategic Director of Place under the Council's adopted Scheme of delegation having due regard to the comments received, and both national and local policies.

All applications for extensions to domestic properties are determined by this process unless an application is referred to the Committee under the Ward Member Referral or Chair Referral processes. Please see the Scheme of delegation to Planning & Highways Committee in the Council constitution for further information.