Another virtual Planning Committee streamed online

Published: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Members of the public can go online this evening (Tuesday) and watch important neighbourhood planning decisions being made.

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Tonight’s planning applications committee will be held remotely for the second time and streamed online so that residents can see how new building decisions are reached.

The meeting will be live streamed from the town hall from 7.30pm onwards.

With the Government ordering town halls to cease holding traditional committee meetings during the Coronavirus pandemic, councils are having to explore different ways of holding meetings and fulfilling both their democratic and legal functions.

Planning applications chairman Cllr Guy Humphries said: “This is the second time Wandsworth’s planning committee will be streamed live. There was a lot of interest in last month’s meeting with people keen to see how the planning system works and we hope that level of interest is repeated.”

Although most council meetings have been deferred until the lockdown has passed and the threat from the virus diminished, there is a legal duty on town halls to consider items like planning applications within a set timescale.

Virtual council meetings are permitted under regulations enshrined in the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Details of how local people can observe the meetings will be published on the council’s website. Each committee agenda front sheet will contain the link the public can use to view the meeting.

The website also has information about the council’s overview and scrutiny committees.