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Dear Southend on Sea 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.

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

Yours faithfully,

Sarah James

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Dear S James,

 

Thank you for your request received on 07.08.2019 for information which
will be under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 as appropriate. Your request should receive a
reply by 05.09.2019.

 

If you have any queries please get in touch quoting the FOI reference
number FOI 08874.

 

Kind regards,

 

Holly Gudgin – Corporate Freedom of Information Team – Southend-on-Sea
Borough Council

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Dear Ms James

 

In response to your Freedom of information request number , in which you
asked the following questions

             

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.

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

 

I can confirm that a search for the information has been completed.

 

1.    Please see attached leaflet which explains about the process and
guidance on speaking at committee

2.    Please see attached leaflet

3.    Please see response to question 1

4.   
[1]https://www.southend.gov.uk/info/200159/...

 

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the Knowledge and Information Manager, PO Box 6, Civic Centre, Victoria
Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ER. If you are not content with the
outcome of your review, you can make a complaint under the Council’s
complaints process by writing to Corporate Complaints Officer, Office of
the Chief Executive, PO Box 6, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue,
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ER.

 

You can also apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) for a
decision although generally the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted the Council’s complaints procedure. The Information Commissioner
can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

            

Kind regards

 

 

Debee Skinner | Business Intelligence Officer (Planning & Compliance) |
Performance & Business Support | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

 

Working to make lives better

Department for Place | Southend on Sea Borough Council | Floor 13 Civic
Centre | Victoria Avenue | Southend on Sea | SS2 6ER

 

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1. https://www.southend.gov.uk/info/200159/...

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