Decision details

Exclusion of the Public and Press

Decision Maker: District Planning Committee

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decisions:

Prior to consideration of this item of business the Lead Legal Specialist and Monitoring Officer provided Members with an outline of the process which would be followed for consideration of the two planning applications on the agenda.  He highlighted the reasons behind considering the legal advice in private session and how if Members voted to consider the advice in open session this would then be available to the public and applicant.  The Officer then answered a number of questions from Members and clarified that determination of the planning applications needed to be made in public for members of the public to see how Members vote.

 

The Chairman proposed that the Council consider the following two items business in private session.  This was duly seconded. 

 

In accordance with Procedure Rule 13 (3) a recorded vote was requested and duly seconded.  It was further agreed that a separate vote would be taken on each of the private and confidential items of business. 

 

The Chairman asked for a vote on the motion to exclude the public and press from the meeting for consideration of Agenda Item 5 – Planning Decision: Legal Advice Relating to Land North and West of Knowles Farm, Maldon and the voting was as follows:

 

For the recommendation:

Councillors E L Bamford, M G Bassenger, V J Bell, R G Boyce, M R Edwards, Mrs J L Fleming, M W Helm, A L Hull, K W Jarvis, K M H Lagan, C Mayes, S P Nunn, N G F Shaughnessy, R H Siddall, N J Skeens, W Stamp, J Stilts, C Swain and Mrs M E Thompson.

 

Against the recommendation:

There were none.

 

Abstention:

Councillors M S Heard and C Morris.

 

The Chairman declared this motion as agreed.

 

The Council then voted on excluding the public and press from the meeting for consideration of Agenda Item 6 – Planning Decision: Legal Advice Relating to Bradwell-on-Sea Ground Investigations and the voting was as follows:

 

For the recommendation:

Councillors E L Bamford, R G Boyce, Mrs J L Fleming, M W Helm, A L Hull, K W Jarvis, K M H Lagan, C Mayes, S P Nunn, N G F Shaughnessy, R H Siddall, W Stamp, J Stilts, C Swain and Mrs M E Thompson.

 

Against the recommendation:

Councillors M G Bassenger, V J Bell, M R Edwards and C Morris.

 

Abstention:

Councillors M S Heard and N J Skeens.

 

The Chairman declared this motion as agreed.

 

RESOLVED that that under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act, and that this satisfies the public interest test.

Publication date: 14/09/2020

Date of decision: 20/08/2020

Decided at meeting: 20/08/2020 - District Planning Committee