Dear Epsom and Ewell 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

Freedom of Information, Epsom and Ewell Borough Council

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Dear Ms Mason

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above reference number for your request.    I have passed this to the
relevant department and will respond as soon as I have their reply.
 Please allow up to 20 working days from receipt of your request for a
response under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Yours sincerely

 

 

Elaine Murphy

Legal Secretary

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

Tel    01372 732144

Fax   01372732111

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Freedom of Information, Epsom and Ewell Borough Council

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Dear Ms Mason

 

I write in reply to your recent Freedom of Information request; please
find Epsom & Ewell Borough Council’s response below:

 

Request

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.

 

The information requested above is available on the EEBC website using the
following link:

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Elaine Murphy

Legal Secretary

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

Tel    01372 732144

Fax   01372732111

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