Public participation at planning meetings
Members of the public now have an opportunity to speak at West Oxfordshire District Council planning meetings.
The new scheme which is initially being introduced on a six month trial basis will enable applicants, local councils and those who have commented in writing upon a planning application to address the sub-committee prior to the application being determined.
Cllr Warwick Robinson, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning said, “As councillors it is our role to reflect the needs of local communities and so peoples’ views and opinions are very important to us. We therefore welcome this new initiative to allow greater public participation and community involvement. It is in line with our policy to allow the public to speak at other formal council meetings.”
Application for consideration by the planning sub-committee will be published on the Council website, www.westoxon.gov.uk/publicspeaking about 10 days before the meeting. Anyone who has already submitted representations in writing and wishing to speak will be able to register their interest by phoning the council.
The scheme relates to planning applications determined by a committee, which are usually large-scale or controversial applications. .
Full guidelines explaining the procedures that will need to be followed are also available on www.westoxon.gov.uk/publicspeaking, or you can telephone committee services on 01993 861523.
The scheme will be reviewed after the 6-month trial period during which time feedback will be sought.
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