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Plans to stop marathon development meetings
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Plans to streamline East Devon District Council Development Management Committee (DMC) have been referred to that very committee for comment.
Proposals were drawn up by EDDC officers to avoid a repeat of marathon meetings lasting up to 13 hours. Among other things, officers proposed to only allow a 15-minute period of public speaking for each application, which in effect would mean two supporters and two objectors.
In effect, this would limit the amount of public speaking allowed as, currently, any member of the public can turn up and register to speak for a maximum of three minutes on any application.
The proposals were debated by EDDC’s Standards Committee on Wednesday, October 9th and it was decided to seek the opinion of DMC members before taking the matter to full council.
Draft minutes of the meeting said: “Due to the length of recent Development Management Committee meetings, members of that committee be asked to consider future agenda and meeting management.”
Public speaking proposals for other committees were referred to cabinet.
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