RIGHTS OF WAY COMMITTEE 13 JANUARY 2012. MEMBER INVOLVEMENT IN VILLAGE GREEN APPLICATIONS DISCUSSION The purpose of this note is to aid a discussion on the issues to inform the drafting of a report for consideration at the March meeting. Time Constraints The Haltwhistle inquiry lasted 2 days, which for Beadnell took 6 days. Is an anticipated two-day inquiry the practical maximum for members to attend? What happens if the estimate is wrong and the inquiry runs into a third or even a fourth day? Local and/or Councillors supporting one of the parties Is a local protocol needed to provide a framework for their involvement? Decision-making Should those members who have attended, convene either at the end of the sitting, or within a few days, to make the decision? What is the role of the independent barrister – adviser or the person making the formal recommendation? If there is a quorum of RoW Committee members present for the hearing, should there be a local protocol that only those members should participate in any future formal decision-making meetings? There may well be other issues identified by members drawing on their experience of the Haltwhistle application.
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