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esidents living near the Willow Brook Centre who have raised objections to a planning application for two new drive-through food and drink units at the site could be denied the right to attend and ask questions at a site meeting of the council committee that is likely to be tasked with determining the case. Site inspection meetings, which give councillors a chance to visit the area of a proposed development and listen to the views of those for and against, are currently open to the public, but plans recently put forward by the conservative-led administration at South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) would see them become closed meetings.
The change is part of a raft of proposed measures intended to modernise the planning system and help the council defend its decision making against potentially costly appeals. The reforms were due to be discussed at SGC’s annual general meeting on 16th May, but the agenda item was dropped at the last minute following outcries from the opposition parties, who described the proposals as “a body blow to local residents’ rights” and accused the Tories of operating a “culture of concealment” by publishing the proposals without prior consultation. The proposals will now be brought to SGC’s Full Council meeting in July, following “engagement with opposition
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June 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine.