Dear Dartford 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 sincerely,

Sophie Mason
Finance and Administration Officer
Civic Voice

FOI (Dartford), Dartford Borough Council

Thank you for your FOI request which will be responded to within 20
working days unless the Council agrees an extension of time with you.


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Sonia Bunn, Dartford Borough Council

Dear Ms Mason

Thank you for your request for information dated 09 August 2019. I consider this to be a routine request, as the information that you require is provided on the Council's website, which sets out the information you seek with regard to public speaking at the Councils' Development Control Board.

if you have any further queries I am happy to help, if you wish to email me directly.

If you are unhappy with the way in which your enquiry has been dealt with, you may ask for an internal review by initiating the Council’s Corporate Complaints Procedure, details of which may be obtained by logging onto the Council’s website or telephoning or emailing me. Should you remain dissatisfied with the decision on internal review, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9 5AF. There is no charge for making an appeal.

I would be grateful if you would address any future correspondence you may have in relation to this matter to me. Please familiarise yourself with the informative on re-use of information.


Sonia Bunn
Development Manager

DD(01322) 343620 (direct dial)
[email address]


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