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Dear West Suffolk 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

foi, West Suffolk Council

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prs.foi, West Suffolk Council

Dear Sarah,

 

I refer to your request for information dated 07/08/2019.

 

Request:

Dear West Suffolk 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

 

 

 

Response:

 

Thank you for your email received 7/8/19 when you made the following
requests:

 

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). 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. No

 

3. Is there a limit on the total time allowed for registered speakers? If
yes, please provide details of the time restriction. 5x3 minute slots

 

4. Are your Planning Committee procedure rules publicly available online?
If yes, please provide the weblink. Yes – see link:

 

[1]https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/...

 

 

We have provided answers to each question above in red.

 

 

 

 

If you are unhappy with this response you may request an internal review
of this matter via the Council’s corporate complaints procedure.

 

If, after an internal review, you are still unhappy with the decision, you
have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at the following
address:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

Tel: 01625 545 745

Fax: 01625 524 510

Email: [2][email address]

 

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

FOI Coordinator

 

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