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Dear North Kesteven 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.

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

Yours faithfully,

Sarah James

NK - FOI, North Kesteven District Council

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Ref No: FOI 19/229

 

7 March 2019

 

Dear Ms James

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request regarding:  Public
participation in Planning Committee.

 

We can confirm your request was received on 7 March 2019. This will be
dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
answered within twenty working days. 

 

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we
will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

 

If you have any queries about this request please contact the Corporate
Information Team, quoting the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Corporate Information Team

 

Freedom of Information
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Twitter Email: foi@n‑kesteven.gov.uk
[HNG53VF58]​ [4]www.n-kesteven.gov.uk
Kesteven Street ,  Sleaford ,  NG34 7EF
[5]Community Champions

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NK - FOI, North Kesteven District Council

5 Attachments

Ref No: FOI 19/229

 

19 August 2019

 

Dear Ms James

 

We refer to previous correspondence regarding your request for information
relating to: Public participation in Planning Committee.

 

The information, as provided by our Democratic Services Department, is
given 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).

 

In accordance with the Council’s Constitution each registered speaker will
be allowed 3 minutes to address the Committee.

 

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 accordance with the Council’s Constitution registered speakers will be
called to address the meeting in the following order:-

o A single supporter who may be the applicant or agent or supporter;
o A single objector or representative of the objectors;
o A Parish or Town Councillor representative (but not where the local
council is the applicant).

 

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

 

In accordance with the Council’s Constitution each registered speaker will
be allowed 3 minutes to address the Committee

 

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

 

The Planning Committee procedure rules can be found within the Council’s
Constitution under Article 7 (Regulatory and Other Committees and Panels),
Article 7, Appendix 1 Planning and Part 4.4 Planning Code of Conduct. The
Constitution can be accessed using the following link:

 

[1]https://democracy.n-kesteven.gov.uk/ieLi...

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response,
quoting the above reference number, via email at: [2][North Kesteven District Council request email]
or by post to North Kesteven District Council, Corporate and Customer
Services, Kesteven Street, Sleaford, Lincs, NG34 7EF.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Corporate Information Team

 

 

 

 

 

Freedom of Information
[3]NKDC [4]Facebook [5]YouTube Tel: 01529 414155
Twitter Email: foi@n‑kesteven.gov.uk
[HNG53VF58]​ [6]www.n-kesteven.gov.uk
Kesteven Street ,  Sleaford ,  NG34 7EF
[7]Household Survey

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