Politics - WLDC planning

I am writing to clarify some issues that were raised in an article on April 16, with an assumption that the council is trying to pass some planning applications before the May 7 election.

West Lindsey District Council, in the interest of being transparent and open set the planning timetable for 2014/2015 in May last year.

This was published on the council’s website and in a year book, which every councillor was issued with, making it easier to plan ahead.

All planning applications are looked at on a case by case basis and have to be determined within a prescribed period.

Planning officers also need to take into account the proper procedures and all the relevant policies for West Lindsey.

Whilst the council is currently in a period called Purdah, due to the upcoming elections, this relates to the publicity/communications during this period.

The guidance issued by the Local Government Association confirms that local authorities are allowed to continue to discharge normal council business - specifically referring to determining planning applications even if they are controversial.

Meetings should only be postponed if there is inclement weather sufficient to cancel/postpone or a situation where there is insufficient business to warrant calling a meeting or an unforeseen circumstances.

Therefore the planning committee on April 29 went ahead as planned.

Julie Heath

Senior Communications Officer West Lindsey District Council