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Declaration of councillor interests (planning)

A code of practice for the guidance of officers and councillors in their dealings with planning matters.

This includes decision-making meetings of council which exercise the planning function of the planning authority or less formal occasions such as meetings with officers or the public or consultative meetings. It applies equally to planning enforcement or sites specific policy issues as it does to planning applications. The code has been prepared in accordance with;

  • the National Code of Conduct and Ethical Framework for Members
  • the Local Government Association report entitled Probity and Planning
  • the Royal Town Planning Institute Code of Conduct for Chartered Planners
  • South Gloucestershire member/officer protocol

The code has the following objectives;

  • to guide and protect officers and members in dealing with planning related matters from criticism and challenge
  • to inform potential developers and members of the general public of the standards adopted by South Gloucestershire Council and the performance of its planning function
  • to ensure that, in the planning process, there are no grounds for suggesting that a decision has been biased, partial or not well founded in anyway
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