Development Assessment Panels

In July 2001 the Development Act 1993 was amended to require all Councils to establish a local Council Development Assessment Panel (CDAP), which was intended to supersede the Council as the planning authority for the district.

CDAPs are quite distinct from other functions of Council as their power is generated solely from the Development Act. Whilst CDAPs include councillors as part of their membership, the CDAP is considered an independent body.

CDAP members are selected from a range of backgrounds, experience and fields of expertise but still need to be expertly guided by the Development Assessment Planner on the relevant planning issues when deciding upon applications. The planner therefore needs to have a professional yet strong relationship with the Panel.

For more information on Development Assessment Panels, see

Development Assessment Panels on the Planning System Page.