FOI request (FOIR-462034953)
Annual review of planning decisions by planning committee
Requested Mon 31 October 2022
Responded Fri 04 November 2022
The Planning Protocol (part 5 of the constitution paragraph 71) states that an annual review of decisions will take place:
"Annual Review of Decisions
71. On an annual basis, arrangements will be made for members of the Planning Committee to review a sample of implemented planning permissions to assess the quality of the decisions made. The Planning Services Manager will arrange for members of the Planning Committee to visit a number of sites where development is either completed or near to completion. As this is part of the continuing programme of training for members no decisions are taken during the visit. A record is kept of the sites visited but no record is kept of any discussions that take place. The Planning Committee will consider the review and decide whether it gave rise to the need to reconsider any policies or practices. Such a review should improve the quality and consistency of decision making, strengthening public confidence in the planning system and can help with reviews of planning policy. It will also assist Planning Committee members to refine their understanding of the impact of their decisions from the visiting of completed developments."
Please provide the following:
1. From 2017 to date a copy of the "record of the sites visited" cited in paragraph 71.
2. From 2017 to date a copy of the annual review documents and any associated minutes/reports/documents.
3. From 2017 to date a copy of any other information held concerning the annual review.
Please find attached, 3 documents relating to 2017, 2018 and 2019 Town Tours for Planning Committee members.
From 2020 onwards unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no further tours have taken place.
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