11. Committee site meetings

11.1 Site inspections by the Committee can be helpful in reaching a decision on issues where site circumstances are fundamental to the decision. Site inspections should only be called where the impact of the proposed development is difficult to visualise from the plans and other supporting material.

The reason for each committee site visit shall be minuted and recorded on the file.

11.2 Visits will be conducted in a formal manner in compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998. The Chairman or Vice-Chairman will open the meeting and advise those present of the purpose of the meeting and how it will be conducted. Officers will highlight issues relevant to the site inspection.

11.3 Subject to the permission of the landowner being forthcoming, members of the public, Ward Councillors and Parish and Town Councillors and representatives may observe proceedings but not take part in any discussion and they will not be permitted to address the Committee on site.

11.4 At the end of the site visit, the Planning Committee will return to the Belmont House or other appropriate venue to make a decision on the application.

11.5 Each year a review will be undertaken of decisions made following a Committee site visit and the results and analysis presented to the Planning Committee (STEWPS).
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