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Development Control Committee - 16 January 2019 (Power Court)

 

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On Monday 11 March 2019 the council’s Development Control Committee will determine 2020 Developments’ planning application at Junction 10 of the M1 (Newlands Park) for a mixed-use gateway scheme incorporating offices, retail and leisure.​
 
Due to the unprecedented amount of public interest in this application, this page has been set up to provide:
  • a link to the live stream so people can watch the meeting online
  • information about the meeting at which this application will be determined
  • links to the agenda, report  and  recommendation
  • details on the  decision making process
  • answers to some frequently asked questions in relation to this application and the planning process in general

Watch this meeting live on Facebook

From 4pm on Monday 11 March, a link will appear in this space which will take you to the live stream.

As the meeting is expected to last more than four hours (maximum length for a Facebook live stream) there is likely to me more than one link - part 1, part 2 etc.

Development Control Committee - 16 January 2019 - Power Court

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But when you land on Facebook, you may see a page like the one below. Just click 'not now' at the bottom.
 
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FAQs

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Date and time: Monday 11 March at 4pm
Location: Luton Town Hall (limited capacity: see below) and can be streamed online at www.facebook.com/BBC3CR.

Please note: you do not have to have a Facebook account to watch the livestream. Just click ‘not now’ at the bottom of any full screen prompt asking you to ‘sign up’ or ‘log in’.

Space in the Committee Room is limited to 60 members of the public, with those declaring a ‘right to speak’ (see below) taking priority. For this reason there will be a live stream so people can watch the meeting online.

To avoid disappointment, we are encouraging people to watch the meeting online via the stream.

Only the applicant/agent and the people who objected to the application (who take up their right to speak) will be entitled to address the committee. See agenda below.

The Local Planning Authority has produced a report giving a recommendation to the Development Control Committee.

The planning applications and relevant documents can be viewed on our planning portal

Enter this reference to find related content: 16/01401/OUTEIA

A link to the meeting agenda will be added w/c 11 March but the basic format is as follows:

  • Chair’s opening remark and introduction
  • Planning Officer will be called to present the report
  • The Chair will invite the Objector(s) to address the Committee for a set time period tbc
  • The Chair will invite the Applicant to address the Committee for a set time period tbc
  • Members of the Committee will question the Applicant on facts and/or seek clarity on anything
  • Members of the Committee will question the Planning Manager/Officer
  • Members of the Committee will then debate the item
  • Solicitor will advise on matters of law
  • The Chair will clarify on matters to be voted on and any amendments to the conditions
  • Members will vote on the item and come to a decision

The decision will be made by the council’s Development Control Committee which is a cross party committee of elected councillors.

The report will draw together all the points which are material to the application. The councillors on the committee will consider and take into account all material planning considerations.

The meeting will go on for as long as needed for the decision to be made by the committee once all agenda items have concluded.

However the meeting will take a number of hours and we don’t expect a decision before 9pm.

Yes – the decision is made by the Development Control Committee. The committee will take into account the recommendation but have the power to make an alternative recommendation or defer a decision.

The application is a departure from Local Plan policy. This means that if the committee approve the application as per the recommendation, we must refer it to the Secretary of State who has the power to 'call it in' for his consideration.

An objector could apply for a Judicial Review if they feel that the correct legal process has not been followed in the event that a decision is made to approve.

Under section 77 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 the Secretary of State has power to direct the local planning authority to refer an application to him for decision.

The application won’t be called in if this SoS believes the recommendation and decision are robust and based on sound planning arguments and policy.

An objector could apply for a Judicial Review if they feel that the correct legal process has not been followed.

An objector could apply for a Judicial Review if they feel that the correct legal process has not been followed in the event that a decision is made to approve.

As long as a judge determines that the council has done everything properly on the process, then it cannot be referred for Judicial Review. Judicial Reviews are costly and time consuming.

 

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​More information on planning processes and decision making

See our Development Control pages which provide further information on the planning process and legal requirements.

Development Control

Other useful references

 

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