Planning Committee Speaking Times

Sophie Mason made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Redditch Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 33 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Redditch Borough Council,

Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic and conservation movement is campaigning to put public participation at the heart of the planning system. With this in mind, I am writing to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

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.

3. Are your Planning Committee procedure rules publicly available online? If yes, please provide the weblink.

Yours faithfully,

Sophie Mason
Finance and Administration Officer
Civic Voice

Nicola Brothwell,

Our Reference: 6052

 

Dear Ms Mason,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information.

 

Your request is being dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act.  We will respond by 9 September 2019 at the latest.

 

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The Council collects information, including personal information that you
provide about yourself and others, when you make a submission in relation
to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

 

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with the legislation; a request made under the Freedom of Information Act
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Kind regards,

 

Nicola Brothwell

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Bromsgrove District & Redditch Borough Councils

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Email: [2][email address]

Bromsgrove District Council Redditch Borough Council

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Market Street, Walter Stranz Square,

Bromsgrove, Redditch,

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dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

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Our Reference: 6052

 

Dear Sophie,

 

Thank you for your recent Information request. I can now offer you the
following information:

 

 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). A member
of the public who has registered in advance of the meeting, including
a representative of a community group, may speak for up to three
minutes either in support of or in opposition to a planning
application on the agenda for the meeting.

 

 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. No.

 

 3. Is there a limit on the total time allowed for registered speakers? If
yes, please provide details of the time restriction. Each individual
registered public speaker may speak for a maximum of 3 minutes. 
However, where there is a group of supporters or objectors with a
common interest in an application the group will be allowed no more
than 10 minutes in which to address the Committee.

 

 4. Are your Planning Committee procedure rules publicly available online?
If yes, please provide the weblink.
[1]https://moderngovwebpublic.redditchbc.go...

 

I hope this resolves your enquiry and that you are satisfied with the
response.

 

However, if you are dissatisfied with the way your request has been
handled, you have the right to request an internal review within 40 days
of the date of our response.

 

If you are still dissatisfied following a review by the Council, you have
the right to complain to the Information Commissioner. You can contact the
Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Telephone 01625 545 700

[2]https://ico.org.uk/

 

Regards,

 

 

Julie Hemming-Smout

Information Support Officer, Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough
Councils

 

Tel: (01527) 64252, extension 3871

Email: [3][email address]

 

Bromsgrove District Council Redditch Borough Council

Parkside, Town Hall,

Market Street, Walter Stranz Square,

Bromsgrove, Redditch,

Worcestershire B61 8DA Worcestershire B98 8AH

[4]www.bromsgrove.gov.uk [5]www.redditchbc.gov.uk

   

View our privacy notices via the following links –

Redditch:

[6]http://www.redditchbc.gov.uk/council/cor...

Bromsgrove:

[7]http://www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/council/cor...

 

 

 

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