The Conservation Advisory Group (CAG) is a collective group of predominantly local conservation groups and amenity societies. CAG provides advice and comments on significant planning applications affecting listed buildings, conservation areas, locally listed buildings and historic parks and gardens, or their settings, where visible from the public realm or accessible to the public. Additionally CAG acts as a source of advice and comments on other schemes and policies promoted by the council that impact on conservation areas and other heritage assets. It is independent from the council but is enabled by the council’s constitution. CAG meets every four weeks and its minuted comments are included in reports on planning application, where it has commented. An elected representative of CAG is entitled to attend meetings of the Planning Committee and speak in support of CAG’s minuted comments.