On the 8th April Mid Devon District Council intended to carry out a Planning Committee meeting at their council chambers. As detailed in the committee agenda, the Members were to make a decision on the use of temporary emergency delegation of decision making powers by the Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration to reflect the current national situation in respect of the coronavirus, and to put measures in place to ensure that planning decisions can continue to be made in the event that their Planning Committee is unable to meet or make decisions at any time over the next 6 months.
However, it appears that the intended Planning Committee has been cancelled. Perhaps the Council realised that holding a ‘physical meeting’ at this time wasn’t such a good idea. What this shows, is that the Council clearly haven’t managed to put virtual systems in place to allow committee meetings to go ahead. This therefore, may not only slow the decision to use temporary emergency delegated power but also stall the Councils ability to make decisions on planning applications in the coming months.
Further updates to follow.