Dear Stoke on Trent City 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

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Ms Mason

 

Your request for information ref. SOT81565

 

Thank you for your request for information about planning committee
speaking times.  Your request was received by the Information Rights Team
on 09 August 2019.  This is being dealt with under the terms of the
appropriate Information Rights legislation.

 

In some circumstances we may charge for information.  If there is a charge
we will let you know, as you will be required to pay this before we deal
with your request.

 

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will check the information you have asked for and send you as much as
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FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Ms Mason

 

Your request for information ref. SOT81565 about planning committee
speaking times.

 

We have now considered your request and a copy of the information is
enclosed below.

 

The information supplied may be used for domestic or journalistic
purposes.  Its use for commercial gain including issuing to the public,
social media or computer blogs may be subject to the issue of a licence
under the Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.

 

 

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).

 

Response: An objector/supporter is allowed up to 5 minutes to address our
Planning Committee

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.

 

Response: Yes. The Committee will normally accept only one representative
from the objector(s) and one representative from the supporter(s) of the
application, plus the applicant/agent to address Committee.  In some cases
more than one representative can address Committee if they intend to deal
with different issues (for example, one objector could be concerned about
traffic generation and another about design). The decision on how many
speakers to allow on a particular matter rests with the Chair, who will be
in a position to determine the number of speakers prior to the morning of
the Committee.

3.    Is there a limit on the total time allowed for registered speakers?
If yes, please provide details of the time restriction.

 

Response: There is no total limit, the time limit is per speaker.  If more
than one objector/supporter had been authorised to speak, the
applicant/agent will be entitled to the equivalent time.

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

 

Response: The information forms part of an Appendix to the ‘Local Code of
Conduct for dealing with Planning Matters’ which is published in Part 5h
of our Constitution.  The following is a link to our Constitution
[1]Council Constitution

 

 

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request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should write to: The Information Rights Manager, Information Rights
Team, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Floor 2, Civic Centre, Glebe Street,
ST4 1HH, or email [2][Stoke on Trent City Council request email].

 

If, after contacting us, you are not content with the outcome, you may ask
the Information Commissioner for a decision.  Before doing this, please
see the following link for guidance from the Information Commissioner
relating to how to use your information rights responsibly and
effectively, to enable you to gain the best outcome from the process -
[3]http://ico.org.uk/for_the_public.

 

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have already used our internal review procedure. The Information
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You can find details of how we handle your personal information by
visiting [5]www.stoke.gov.uk/dataprotection

Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights Team

 

Information Rights

City of Stoke-on-Trent

Floor 2  Civic Centre  Glebe Street  Stoke-on-Trent  ST4 1HH

T: 01782 232853, 01782 233020, 01782 233732, 01782 235965

E: [6][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

Request

Dear Stoke on Trent City 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,

 

 

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spare time, even as little as one weekend a month, you can make a real
difference to a child’s life.

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comprehensive training and guidance. [7]Click here for more information.

Manage your council tax online and sign up for paperless billing with our
new online account at [8]www.stoke.gov.uk/onlineaccount - and access it
using the MyStoke app, putting fly-tipping, and litter reporting in your
hands at the touch of a button. Available in the [9]App Store and on
[10]Google Play

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2. mailto:[Stoke on Trent City Council request email]
3. http://ico.org.uk/for_the_public
4. https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/
5. http://www.stoke.gov.uk/dataprotection
6. mailto:[Stoke on Trent City Council request email]
7. https://www.stoke.gov.uk/info/20044/fost...
8. http://www.stoke.gov.uk/onlineaccount
9. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-stoke...
10. https://play.google.com/store/apps/detai...