[Electoral Divisions: Various]
To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure
To note the Committee’s Forward Plan.
The Manager - Development Control and Sustainable Development presented the list of applications to be considered at future meetings.
He reported that the planning application 4/17/9007 West Cumbria Mining would be brought before the Committee on 20 August 2020 and there would be a significant number of speakers on the application.
He advised that there may be a video of the site at Walney as a site visit was out of the question due to COVID 19 lockdown restrictions. He explained that the Committee would likely determine the Gooseholme Bridge in October 2020. The Cumbria Southern Link Road application would likely be considered at the October or November 2020 meeting.
A member raised his concerns about the large number of public participants expected to make representations on the West Cumbria Mining planning application and the ability for a remote meeting with a large number of participants to be conducted successfully using the current technology. He asked if holding such an important meeting remotely was legal. The Manager - Development Control and Sustainable Development talked about the officer discussions on this matter. He would report the response back to members.
A Member queried whether they could take part in determining the West Cumbria Mining planning application to be considered on the 20 August 2020 as they had not taken part in the Committee’s determination of earlier West Cumbria Mining planning applications. The Manager - Development Control and Sustainable Development advised that members should keep an open mind and would be able to determine the application even if they had not considered the previous applications.
It was queried whether the Committee’s decision on the West Cumbria Mining planning application to be determined on 20 August 2020 could be invalidated should a number of public participants not be heard at the meeting due to a technological failure. The Manager - Development Control and Sustainable Development confirmed that the decision would not be invalidated as should a public participant not be able to speak, their representation which would have been received three working days in advance of the meeting would be read out to the meeting by an officer.
A member asked that a virtual site visit/video be considered for High Close Quarry, High Close Farm, Plumbland, Aspatria, Wigton, CA7 2HF as in previous years, the area had been used as a rubbish dump. There was local concern about the quarry’s contents. The Manager - Development Control and Sustainable Development acknowledged the concern of local people and considered a video of the site to be helpful in determining the application. It was confirmed by the Lead Officer - Development Control that at present he could not confirm the date when the application would be determined by the Committee as he was waiting for additional information.
A short discussion took place on the Public Participation Scheme used at a District Council in Cumbria which limited the number of public participation speakers and whether it would apply for the West Cumbria Mining planning application to be determined by the Committee on 20 August 2020. The Manager - Development Control and Sustainable Development advised that a limit was not included in the Committee’s Public Participation Scheme and that those who had validly registered to speak were able to address the Committee. He highlighted that it was the Chair who would stop repetition of information by participants.
RESOLVED that, the Forward Plan be noted.