Agenda and minutes
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Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Gemma Dinsdale.
Declarations of Interests in Agenda Items:
To receive declarations by Members and/ or co-optees of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.
Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests. (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting).
Members are advised however, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other interests.
Members are reminded that they may not, by law, participate or vote in any discussion in a meeting on a matter in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest
Members are advised that they should leave the room during consideration of any items of business in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest.
There were no Declarations of Interest made at this meeting.
At the request of Council at the meeting held on 25 June 2019, Committee considered the proposed changes to the Planning section of the Council’s Constitution.
The Planning and Place Manager provided details of each proposed change, the reason for each and the issues the changes raised.
A full and thorough question and answer session followed with questions from both OSC members and non-OSC members.
Each proposed change was considered as follows:
· Scheme of Delegation
1. The removal of the requirement for all schemes that fall within the definition of major development to be automatically reported to the Panel for determination. Major planning applications are defined in planning legislation as any housing scheme that comprises 10 or more units or covers more than 0.5 hectares of land and on any other non-residential scheme proposals that would result in the creation of more than 1000 square metres of floor space or cover an area of more than 1 hectare.
RESOLVED- to recommend approval to Council, provided the Ward Councillor or Town/Parish Council could still call it it.
2. The inclusion of delegated powers to allow Stop Notices, Temporary Stop Notices and Notices under Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act to be issued by the Planning Development Manager/Solicitor without reference to the Planning Panel.
RESOLVED- to recommend approval to Council
· Minded to Decisions
At the meeting following a ‘minded to’ decision, the Planning Development Manager (or representative) will present an Addendum report covering any further information/update and advising Members on the material planning considerations relevant to the case. The only further representations that will be permitted at the following meeting from those who spoke at the earlier meeting will be restricted to the reasons put forward by the Members or the contents of the Planning Development Managers Addendum report. Each speaker will be only be allocated three minutes to make their representations. The applicant or their agent will be given the opportunity to respond.
Members who were not present at the original meeting when the ‘minded to’ decision was made, will not be permitted to take part in the discussion and voting in the following meeting where the application is determined, unless that Member has listened to a recording and/or read a full transcript of the original meeting and has signed a declaration to the effect that they are in possession of the full evidence relevant to the case.
RESOLVED- to recommend approval to Council
· Public Speaking Procedure
1. The introduction of a maximum limit of five speakers in support or five speakers in opposition to any planning application. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis although speakers will be encouraged to work collaboratively.
2. The restriction of the opportunity to speak to one meeting only to prevent repetition.
3. A requirement for any information that a speaker wishes to circulate to the Planning Panel such as photographs or written statement to be submitted six working days prior to the meeting. ... view the full minutes text for item OSC 19/15