Dear Torbay 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.
Finance and Administration Officer
Dear Ms Mason
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 9 August
2019. We are currently processing your request and will contact you within
20 working days.
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contact us, quoting the reference number above in all communications.
Torquay Town Hall
Dear Ms Mason
Further to your request received on , I confirm that Torbay Council has
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