Planning Committee Speaking Times

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Dear East Devon 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

East Devon District Council

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East Devon District Council

Dear Ms Mason,

Thank you for your request for information. Please find the response to
your query 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) ? 3 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 ? In order to speak on an application being
considered by the Committee they must have submitted written comments
during the consultation stage and pre-registered in advance of the
meeting.

Major applications ? the number of people that can speak on each
application are 5 supporters, 5 objectors, town/parish council
representative and the applicant or agent.
Minor/Other applications ? 2 supporters, 2 objectors, town/parish council
representative and applicant or agent. To ensure fairness in the
allocation of speakers it is on a first come first served basis.

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

3. Are your Planning Committee procedure rules publicly available online?
If yes, please provide the weblink ?
[1]https://eastdevon.gov.uk/council-and-dem...

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Yours sincerely,

Sara

Ms S Harvey
Information and Complaints Officer
East Devon District Council

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