No, applications only go to a committee if there are major objections, especially when the applicant (or their partner) works at the Council they’re going through, or they are a Councillor. In every borough, there are at least two Councillors who can call-in an application to go to a committee.

Sometimes the call-in might have been made because of concerns with the application that can be resolved by changing a plan or adding conditions to approvals. However, if the application is called in and is already recommended for refusal, the Councillor may automatically agree with the recommendation and may not even pass the application to the committee.