Planning Application Public Speaking Arrangements

Posted: Tue, 31 Jul 2018 17:40 by Stephen Derry

Harborough District Council has agreed changes to its procedures from 4 September 2018.

Speakers will be able to address the Planning Committee for up to 3 minutes as a representative of the following

  • An objector to a proposal (Maximum of 3 Speakers or the same amount of time as allowed for supporters, whichever is the greater);
  • A supporter of a proposal (including the applicant/agent) (Maximum of 3 Speakers or the same amount of time as allowed for objectors, whichever is the greater);
  • A representative of the Parish Council / Parish Meeting / Town Council / another body (i.e. Market Harborough Civic Society) within which the site is located;
  • A Ward Councillor(s) (maximum of 5 minutes each);

If a member of the public would like to speak at a Planning Committee meeting or present a petition they must request to do so in writing by 12 noon not less then 2 working days before the meeting (for example, if the Planning Committee is on a Tuesday and the day before is a bank holiday you must submit your request by 12 noon on the previous Thursday). You can email ensuring that your email contains the application number, your name and contact details and an indication of the topic area you wish to discuss. Requests to speak will not be accepted until the date of publication of the relevant Planning Committee agenda and request will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Requests to speak will not be accepted after this deadline.

If more than the allocated number of speakers register to speak, a representative of the relevant group needs to be chosen and nominated to address the Committee on behalf of the group. In order to facilitate this, contact details will need to be provided at the stage of registration. Failure to arrange this beforehand may forfeit the right to speak and speaking slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are other changes to planning procedures to create a more efficient approach and bring the Council in line with other planning authorities. More information is available on Harborough District Council's website.

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