moved by Councillor Fissenden, seconded
by Councillor Boughton, that the
recommendations of the Democracy Committee arising from the
Planning Referral Process Review be approved.
Amendment moved by Councillor English, seconded by Councillor
Harper, that the recommendations be deleted and replaced by the
recommendations set out in the original report to the Democracy
Committee set out on pages 189-190 of the agenda.
accordance with Council Procedure Rule 21.4, five Members requested
that a named vote be taken on the amendment. The voting was as follows:
Robertson, J Sams, T Sams, Vizzard, Willis and Mrs Wilson
Councillors Barned, Mrs Blackmore, Boughton, Brice, D Burton, M Burton, Butler,
Cuming, Ells, Fort, Garten, Perry,
Powell, Prendergast, Mrs Ring, Round, Spooner, Springett and Mrs
substantive motion was then put to the vote.
SUBSTANTIVE MOTION CARRIED
1. That there is a need
to provide a check and balance mechanism in relation to Planning
Committee decisions, and there should continue to be provision for
the referral of an application to a second body for determination
in circumstances where the Planning Committee votes to continue
with a decision that it has been advised cannot be sustained at
appeal and which could have significant cost implications for the
Council’s budget, but that body should be the Policy and
Resources Committee and the Planning Referrals Committee should be
That in the event of an application being referred to the Policy
and Resources Committee for determination, then a special meeting
of the Committee should be arranged for this purpose, the
provisions relating to public speaking at Planning Committee should
apply and there should be no provision for referral of the
Committee’s decision to full Council.
That no Member will be able to serve on the Policy and Resources
Committee without having agreed to undergo the mandatory training
required to be undertaken by Members and Substitute Members of the
Planning Committee, including training on pre-determination of
planning applications. The training
must be completed before the Policy and Resources Committee first
meets to discharge its function as the Planning Referral body, and
must be refreshed as appropriate.
4. That, with
regard to the sections of the Constitution/Local Code of Conduct
for Councillors and Officers Dealing With Planning Matters relating
to Planning Decisions Which Have Significant Cost Implications, the
delegation to the Head of Planning and Development upon the advice
of the Legal Officer present to refer an application to a second
body for determination should be amended to be in consultation with
the Chairman of the meeting.
5. That the
Monitoring Officer be requested to amend the Constitution and Local
Code of Conduct for Councillors and Officers Dealing with Planning
1. Councillors J and T
Sams left the meeting at the start of
this item, but returned shortly afterwards (8.00 p.m.).
2. Councillor Hastie left the
meeting during consideration of this item, but returned shortly
afterwards (8.10 p.m.).