We too have a Planning Committee, but it meets as and when required. Our District Council requires a response within 21 days of notification, so we can still call a meeting and comply with the Transparency Code for notifying the public and interested parties. At each meeting, we have a list of the valid reasons for objection (downloaded from t'internet) and we consider each application against this list. The majority of applications fall into the "We'd rather it didn't happen, but have no valid reason to object" pile, so a one-line "no objection" response is submitted. Using the list means we seldom spend more than ten minutes on any application. There is nothing to be gained from writing an essay on matters that are not material considerations, as this is just a waste of officer time in your own council and the planning authority. It is my belief that we have a duty to consider and to respond to every application, regardless of size and importance.