Ryedale District Council Launches Virtual Meeting for Planning Decisions: RDC held virtual planning meeting under lockdown

07 May 2020

Ryedale District Council Launches Virtual Meeting for Planning Decisions

Ryedale District Council has held its first “virtual” planning meeting, to allow members of the Council’s planning committee to consider major and contentious planning applications despite lockdown restrictions.

In the usual course of events, most minor planning applications are decided by trained planning officers, under the Council’s “scheme of delegation”.  However all major and contentious applications are determined by members of the planning committee, who take a decision after considering representations from members of the public and other interested parties.

Since March Ryedale District Council has paused in-person meetings, in line with government guidance around social distancing, and avoiding unnecessary travel.

However this week the Council held a virtual meeting, to allow the planning committee to consider major and disputed planning applications, and keep this part of the Council’s operations flowing smoothly until normal in-person meetings can be resumed.

The virtual planning meeting was held on Tuesday 5 May and considered four planning applications.  Written representations were read out, and the ten elected members of the committee voted on each application.  For transparency, a recording of the meeting is available on the Council’s website.  A record of the planning decisions made as a result of the meeting is also available.  Both can be accessed at:

https://www.ryedale.gov.uk/planning/planning-applications/planning-consultation-meetings-during-urgency-powers.html

Councillor Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council said:

“It is very important that the planning system continues to run, despite the restrictions that are in place.  By holding the meeting virtually, the committee was able to do its job, and consider these four planning applications in a timely way, without putting the health and safety of councillors, council officers, or members of the public at risk.”

Ryedale District Council is continuing to keep the issue of public meetings under review, with a view to returning to normal as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.