Agenda

Special, Scrutiny Management Panel - Tuesday, 27th September, 2022 2.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - The Guildhall, Portsmouth. View directions

Contact: James Harris on 023 9260 6065  Email: james.harris@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Members' Interests

3.

Decision taken by the Cabinet Member for Planning Policy & City Development on 26 July 2022 in respect of item 4 on that agenda "Options for increasing Planning Committee Capacity."- Call-in pdf icon PDF 89 KB

The purpose of this report is to request the Panel to review the decision taken by the Cabinet Member for Planning Policy & City Development on 26 July 2022 in respect of item 4 on that agenda 'Options for increasing Planning Committee Capacity'.  A copy of the Decision Notice for the meeting is attached as Appendix 3 to this report.

 

Councillors Ryan Brent, Benedict Swann, Lee Mason, Lewis Gosling and Daniel Wemyss have asked that the decision be called in for scrutiny on the basis that they believe that the decision may have been taken without adequate information.

 

The Lead Call-in Member is Councillor Ryan Brent. The Cabinet Member is Councillor Lee Hunt, Cabinet Member for Planning Policy & City Development.

 

The decision today is for the panel to determine whether the Cabinet Member's decision has been taken without adequate information.

 

If the panel is satisfied that the decision was taken with adequate information being supplied to enable the Cabinet Member to reach his decision, then no further action is required and the matter ends here. If the panel is not satisfied on these grounds, the panel may refer the matter back to the decision maker (or in this instance as a constitutional matter the Governance & Audit & Standards Committee) for reconsideration, setting out in writing the nature of its concerns that are to be addressed in conjunction with the original matter.

 

A report by the City Solicitor is attached with the following documents as appendices:

 

Appendix 1 - Call in Request (redacted)

 

Appendix 2 - Supporting information submitted in respect of the Call in 

 

Appendix 3 - Decision Notice for 26 July 2022 Planning Policy & City Development   meeting

 

Appendix 4 - 'Options for increasing Planning Committee capacity' report considered by the Cabinet Member for Planning Policy & City Development on 26 July 2022

 

Appendix 5 - Call in procedure guidance

 

 

The relevant members and officers will be in attendance.

 

RECOMMENDED that the Panel is requested to consider the evidence and decide whether to resolve either:

 

(1) that no action should be taken in respect of the decision made by the Cabinet Member on 26 July 2022; or

 

(2) that the matter be referred back to the decision maker (or as a constitutional matter the Governance & Audit & Standards Committee) for reconsideration, setting out in writing the nature of its concerns that are to be addressed in conjunction with the original matter.

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