Dear Sheffield 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, Sheffield City Council

Dear Sophie Mason,
 
Thank you for your recent request for information relating to Planning
Committee speaking times which we received on 09/08/2019.
 
This has been logged as a Freedom of Information Request, and will be
dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act.  The reference number for
your request can be found above.
 
The Freedom of Information Act states that we must respond to you within
20 working days, therefore, you should expect to hear a response from us
by 09/09/2019.
 
In the meantime, if you have any queries please, contact us at the email
address below.
 
Thank you.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Sheffield City Council
PO Box 1283
Sheffield, S1 1UJ
Email: [1][Sheffield City Council request email]
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From: Sophie Mason [[2]mailto:[FOI #596485 email]]
Sent: 09 August 2019 15:46
To: FOI
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Planning Committee Speaking
Times
 
Dear Sheffield 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
 
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FOI, Sheffield City Council

Dear Sophie Mason,
 
Thank you for your recent request for information relating to Planning
Committee speaking times which we received on 09/08/2019.
 
Please find below, Sheffield City Council’s response to your request:
 
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).

 
The limit is 5 minutes.
 

 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 but this is at the Chair’s discretion and we always say please don’t
repeat anything previous speakers have said.
 

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

 
5 minutes but again please see the response to question 2. The Chair may
restrict this if people repeat what previous speakers have said.
 

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

 
[1]http://democracy.sheffield.gov.uk/mgComm...
 
I hope the information we have provided is of help to your enquiries.  If
you have any queries about this response, please do not hesitate to
contact us.
 
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request, you can ask us to carry out an internal review by emailing
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Please note that you have 40 working days from the receipt of this letter
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If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome of your review, you can
contact the Information Commissioner’s Office and they will consider
whether your complaint is eligible for further investigation. Details are
available on the Information Commissioner’s website at [3]www.ico.org.uk.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Sheffield City Council
PO Box 1283
Sheffield, S1 1UJ
Email: [4][Sheffield City Council request email]
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