Members of the public and representatives from organisations can now speak for, as well as against planning applications at meetings, it has been confirmed.
Revised guidelines which allow up to two speakers each to argue for and against planning applications for a period of three minutes each were unanimously agreed by South Holland District Council on Wednesday.
The change has been made after concerns that two of the speaking slots were being taken by applicants and their planning agents, rather than one or the other taking up one of the slots.
It is hoped the change will allow the public, parish councils and other groups to defend planning applications if they want to.
District councillors also agreed that the changes, along with all arrangements for public speaking at planning meetings, should be reviewed every two years in case of changes made by the Government.