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Public Participation at Meetings

Public Participation at Meetings

Parish Councils, members of the public and representatives of organisations have the opportunity to participate at meetings of the Authority and the Policy and Resources Committee.

Anyone who wishes to register to speak at an Authority or Policy and Resources Committee meeting should notify the Committee Officer at least 24 hours before the commencement of the meeting by emailing public.speaking@southdowns.gov.uk or, if you are not able to email, by calling 01730 819357.

When you email or call please be ready to provide:

  • Your name, home address, email address and daytime telephone number
  • A brief summary of the matter/s about which you wish to speak
  • Confirmation of whether you are representing yourself, someone else, or a group

Speakers are able to address the meeting for up to three minutes, with any statements, questions or petitions being heard and received without debate.

More detailed information relating to Public Speaking at Authority and Policy and Resources Committee meetings is available in Appendix 3 of the South Downs National Park Authority Standing Orders for Regulation of Authority Proceedings and Business (May 2019).

Public Participation at Planning Committee Meetings

In the interests of achieving fairness and value; applicants, agents, Parish Councils, members of the public and representatives of organisations have the opportunity to participate at Planning Committee meetings.

To speak at a Planning Committee meeting you should normally have made written representations on the planning matter in question.

A maximum of six people are able to speak on each planning application or related matter, for example, three in support and three against a particular application.

Anyone who wishes to register to speak at a Planning Committee Meeting should notify the Committee Officer at least 3 working days before the commencement of the meeting using the registration form or by calling 01730 814810. For example if the meeting is to be held on a Thursday, you should register by 12 noon on the Monday.

Speakers are able to address the meeting for up to three minutes, with any statements, questions or petitions being heard and received without debate.

More detailed information relating to Public Speaking at Planning Committee meetings is available in Appendix 3 of the South Downs National Park Authority Standing Orders for Regulation of Authority Proceedings and Business (May 2019).

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