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Public asked to support social distancing efforts with return to non-virtual Planning Committees 

From 4 April 2020, emergency regulations came into force enabling local authority virtual committee meetings to take place to ensure decision-making could still go ahead despite the COVID-19 pandemic. This format has worked very well with Council members, officers, and the public adapting flexibly during unprecedented circumstances. 

The government recently confirmed, that it will not be extending the emergency Coronavirus Act powers, meaning virtual committees will no longer take place and a recent legal challenge further clarified that virtual committees cannot continue in the absence of further government legislation. From 6 May 2021, councils therefore began holding face-to-face committee meetings allowing public attendance, which adhere to current COVID-19 guidance. 

How will Planning Committee meetings be affected? 

Members of Cambridge City Council Planning Committee will be attending future meetings in person, with venues yet to be confirmed, and members of the South Cambridgeshire District Council Planning Committee will be attending future meetings in person in the Council Chamber at South Cambs Hall. Public speakers for individual items at each committee can attend either in person or online.  

Online attendance is strongly encouraged for members of the public as we still need to follow government advice on indoor gatherings and social distancing. The seating available will be severely restricted and may only become available as people leave the meeting. Members of the public who feel they really need to be present in person, are asked to please contact Democratic Services by 4pm two clear working days before the meeting: 


Details of forthcoming Planning Committee meetings can be found on the Council websites: 

Cambridge City Council Planning Committee 

South Cambridgeshire District Council Planning Committee 


Thank you for your understanding. 

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