Committee structure

Any Notices of Intention to Conduct Urgent Business in Private can be viewed by selecting 'Library' and then clicking on the relevant folder.


Members of the public are welcome to come along to any of our committee meetings, whether you just want to observe the debates and decision making or to have your say. Members of the public wishing to speak are usually limited to three minutes each.


All 60 members meet as the Full Council on at least six occasions every year. The full council itself agrees our major policies, the annual budget/level of council tax and approves our constitutional arrangements.

District Executive

The District Executive has responsibility for all resource and policy decisions within a framework agreed by the council. The ten member executive, also known as the ‘cabinet’, gives strategic direction to the council. It is also made up of the portfolio holders, who are responsible for the achievement of our corporate aims.

Area Committees

We have four Area Committees (North, South, East and West), which work closely with their local communities, allowing Planning and other issues to be decided at a local level. Area Committees form part of our ambitious and nationally acclaimed framework for Area Working.


Area Committees take decisions in public on significant planning applications, invest in local projects, discuss issues of interest and priority to the local area, and enable residents to get involved in local decision-making.

Scrutiny Committee

The Scrutiny Committee monitors and scrutinises our performance as a whole as well as individual services. It can also make recommendations for any issue we are responsible for and which affects the local community.


For further information please view the Introduction to Overview and Scrutiny

Audit Committee

Our Audit Committee monitors the effectiveness of our risk management arrangements. Its control environment (ranging from standing orders, financial procedures, service plans etc) and makes recommendations in respect of corporate governance matters.

Licensing Committee

The Licensing Committee is responsible for our licensing functions. Most day-to-day licensing (premises licences, taxi licensing etc) is delegated to officers but the committee has responsibility for overseeing the functions under the Licensing Act 2003 and related licensing matters.

Licensing Sub-Committee

The Licensing Sub-Committee is made up of three members from the Licensing Committee. The sub-committee has been established under the Licensing Act 2003, with the power to hear and determine all applications referred to it under our Statement of Licensing Policy. The Sub-Committee considers taxi driver applications, which need to be referred to members due to the nature of the application.

Regulation Committee

The Regulation Committee determines planning applications referred by Area Committees. The full scheme for referral of planning applications is set out in the Councils Constitution.

Standards Committee

Our Standards Committee has responsibility for the promotion and maintenance of good conduct by both district and parish councillors.