Dear Basingstoke and Deane 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

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Dear Sophie Mason,

 

Further to your recent request made under the Freedom of Information Act
2000, please see the information 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).

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.

 

 

For each site/application the following time will be allocated to
hear the views of:

 

a)    Objectors– four minutes to be shared between all objectors or their
representative.

 

a)     Applicant/Supporter– four minutes to be shared between all in
support or their representative.

 

b)     An affected Parish or Town Council – four minutes for each.

 

c)     Any visiting Borough Councillor – four minutes each.

 

 

We do not have a maximum number of speakers that can register but there is
a time limit as above.

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

 

Weblink to our constitution on the website (4.39 Public Participation at
Meetings)

 

[1]https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/content/p...

 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Sarah Gorvin
Paralegal - Information Governance
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
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From: Sophie Mason [mailto:[FOI #596279 email]]
Sent: 09 August 2019 13:45
To: Freedom of Information <[Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Planning Committee Speaking
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Dear Basingstoke and Deane 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

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