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Development Consultation Forum

Development Consultation Forums

The Council is committed to improving community involvement in the planning process. In December 2013 it adopted its updated statement of intention called the 'Statement of Community Involvement: Local Development Framework' (SCI) which focused on consultation arrangements for development plan documents and all planning applications (major, minor, other and listed building) at both pre and submission stages of a planning application.

The Council has also introduced formalised pre-planning application advice protocols for all types of developments and future applications with the aim of improving Councillor and stakeholder involvement in the pre application process, and providing greater understanding for developers, of community expectations, of development within the Borough.

Open and constructive pre-application discussions are an opportunity for local authorities and members of the public, agents or developers to work together to achieve developments that deliver benefits to the community and the economy. This can save time, costs and frustration and optimise the potential of a site. For these reasons we encourage discussion on proposals before a planning application is submitted. As part of these talks we will ask for larger schemes if the developer would come along to a Development Consultation Forum.

The Forum enables councillors and the public to obtain more information and understanding about proposed large scale planning applications. However, it will not bind members or the council to a decision on a future planning application (as not all information will be to hand and no consultations will have been carried out).

The Forum is a fact finding exercise for councillors to ask questions and identify major issues. Councillors cannot express an opinion, at the Forum, about the development or the proposals.

Only proposals with a wider community impact would be presented at the Forum. The meetings are held when required and are open to the public and press to attend and listen.

The Forum starts by officers presenting a brief report summarising the site description, proposal, history and relevant planning policies. The developer then presents the background to the development, the process by which the design has been created and key issues that they have identified.

Councillors can then ask questions of the developer to establish the factual basis of the scheme.  Lastly, members of the public may ask questions of the developer.  Officers and the Developer would be able to consider the questions/answers/issues raised within the pre-application talks.

Full information on Development Consultation Forum's may be found in the document below.  This should be read in conjunction with the SCI Guidance and the forum would be part of a wider SCI process where developers engage with the local community.

pdf icon Development Consultation Forum (DCF) charter [305KB]

Development Consultation Forum meetings for 2015
Date and TimeLocationDocuments

09/09/2015  7:30pm

Cypress Room
Salvation House
2 Sterling Court
Mundells
Welwyn Garden City, Herts
pdf icon Agenda [30KB]
pdf icon Public Report Pack [667KB]
pdf icon Minutes [28KB]
02/11/2015  7:30pmCypress Room
Salvation House
2 Sterling Court
Mundells
Welwyn Garden City, Herts
pdf icon Agenda [48KB]
pdf icon Public Report Pack [591KB]
pdf icon Minutes [32KB]

 

Development Consultation Forum meetings for 2014

Date and TimeLocationDocuments

02/04/2014 7:30pm

Auditorium
Salvation House
2 Sterling Court
Mundells
Welwyn Garden City, Herts
pdf icon Agenda [60KB]
pdf icon Public Report Pack [493KB]
pdf icon Minutes [31KB]

10/09/2014 7:30pm

Cypress Room
Salvation House
2 Sterling Court
Mundells
Welwyn Garden City, Herts
pdf icon Agenda [82KB]
pdf icon Public Report Pack [346KB]
pdf icon Minutes [27KB]

10/12/2014 7:30pm

Cypress Room
Salvation House
2 Sterling Court
Mundells
Welwyn Garden City, Herts
pdf icon Agenda [62KB]
pdf icon Public Report Pack [1MB]
pdf icon Minutes [32KB]

For previous meetings, please contact our Committee Section

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