Dear Dover District 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

DDC FreedomOfInformation, Dover District Council

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Dear Ms Mason

 

I am writing in respect of your enquiry for information held by this
Authority received on 9 August 2019 and to confirm that we have completed
the search for the information that you requested.  The information you
have sought is set out below.

 

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).

Three minutes but all speakers need to register in advance

 

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.

One in favour of the application and one against the application.  For
applications for large or contentious sites, the Chairman may use his
discretion to allow more speakers.

 

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

Three minutes

 

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

[1]https://www.dover.gov.uk/Planning/Planni...

 

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.

 

I hope you find the information useful but if, for whatever reason, you
are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request
and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you are
entitled to pursue any dissatisfaction through the Council’s Complaints
Procedure.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council.   The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Regards

 

Kerry

 

 

Kerry Scott
Corporate Services Officer
Dover District Council
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