Freedom of information response

Planning Committee

Publication date: 
Monday 16 September 2019
Request: 

1. Can you confirm how long, in minutes, a community group such as a Civic Society is permitted to speak at your local council’s Planning Committee? (By ‘Planning Committee’ we mean your local authority’s committee of elected members which determines planning applications. It may be known by a different name in your local authority).
2. Is there a limit on the number of registered speakers permitted to speak at your Planning Committee? If yes, please specify the maximum number of speakers allowed.
3. Is there a limit on the total time allowed for registered speakers? If yes, please provide details of the time restriction.
4. Are your Planning Committee procedure rules publicly available online? If yes, please provide the weblink.

Response: 

1.    The Planning Committee may allow objectors and applicants/planning agents, and also owners of premises subject to enforcement action, or their agents, to address the Committee. 3 minutes. (Constitution page 312  - para 5.1)

2.    One in support. One in objection. The Ward Councillor (if any). At the Chair’s discretion any Ward Member.  Up to 4.

3.    3 minutes each.

4. Details of the Planning Committee can be found in the Constitution at the following link:  https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/constitution-of-council/thurrock-council-constitution.

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Request reference:
FOI 9332