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CHARLES CLARKE

CHARLES HENDRY

CHRIS GRAYLING

DAVID BLUNKETT

DAVID CAMERON

ERIC PICKLES

GORDON BROWN

GREG CLARK

GREGORY BARKER

JACK STRAW

JOHN PRESCOTT

KENNETH CLARKE

NICK CLEGG

NORMAN BAKER

PATRICIA HEWITT

PHILIP DUNNE

PHILIP HAMMOND

TONY BLAIR

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APPEAL HEARINGS CAN NOW BE FILMED AND TWEETED


Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced he will issue new guidance that will formally open up planning appeal hearings “to be filmed, tweeted and reported”.

He also challenged councils to open up their planning committees and other meetings.

As part of the government’s review of planning practice, new guidance by the Planning Inspectorate will make clear the rights for members of the press and public, including local bloggers and hyperlocal journalists, to report, film and tweet planning appeal hearings.

Ministers hope this initiative will open up a rarely seen side of the planning process.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has stated that: “provided that it does not disrupt proceedings, anyone will be allowed to report, record and film proceedings including the use of digital and social media”.

Inspectors are to advise those present at the start of the event that the proceedings may be recorded and/or filmed, and that anyone using social media during or after the end of the proceedings should do so responsibly.

Pickles said: “Watching television programmes like Grand Designs, viewers have been baffled as cameras are stopped from filming meetings of the planning committee. Councillors shouldn’t be ashamed or be trying to hide the work they do.

“I am opening up the planning appeals that my department oversees, so the public can see how the planning system works in practice.

“Councils should match this by opening up their planning meetings and other committees,” he said.

 

 

Rats: MPs, Councillors and Officers - liars and cheats in the system

Transparency is the key to identifying staff at Councils like Wealden District abusing positions of trust, such as those that discriminate, or favour one applicant over another. We would urge decent councils to promote council staff that give the facts and members that stand up to be counted. Get it on film so that they cannot deny it. Stopping officers and members sweeping pasts misdeeds under the carpet, is good for the health of the nation.

 

 

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