It's likely to get lost with all the media circus we expect on Thursday because of the CPO vote, but the last item on the agenda is also important.
The new planning legislation mandates certain types of application, National and Major contrary to the development plan, to be determined by Full Council There appear to be two of these current - the Buchan incinerator and an application for a brewery and associated development on the outskirts of Potterton.
There will be pre-determination hearings for each of these to which all 68 councillors will be invited. It will be an interesting sight to see a hearing with 68 councillors able to ask questions of applicant, objectors and supporters. I suspect for some applications caught by these new rules, there may be more councillors than those wishing to be heard!
Now I am no fan of the changes - I hate rules set by central government unless strictly necessary - and am keen to keep planning decisions local. But given the new rules imposed, one suggestion for Thursday concerns me. It is proposed that the local Area Committee should "make arrangements for .... the separate articulation of any Area Committee observations." Now I think that is a problem: we are told not to make our views of applications known in advance of the meeting to determine the application - so how can we make "observations".
I do believe the local members views are important - but the mechanism proposed is a problem.