A number of Middlesbrough Council buildings are closed to the public as of Wednesday 18 March 2020 in light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This includes Civic Centre, where the Building Control service is based.
The closure is in line with government and Public Health England guidance, and will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.
Given the current need for social distancing, along with the need to continue working where reasonably possible, we will be holding meetings of the Planning and Development Committee remotely until further notice.
The remote meetings will be held using Cisco Webex, the council's video conferencing system. They will also be live-streamed via YouTube. You can watch the meeting live via the council's YouTube channel at 1:30pm on the day the meeting is scheduled to take place.
If you wish to speak and make representations at a remote meeting, this will be at the Chair’s discretion, and you'll need to dial-in to the meeting via telephone.
Applications will be placed before the committee in line with the existing scheme of delegation.
Anyone who has made a written representation in relation to the application, as well as the applicant/agent, will be notified by letter or email, if the application is to be taken to a meeting of the Planning and Development Committee. This should happen between 14 and 21 days before the date of the committee meeting.
All written representations (received in time) provided by objectors/supporters will, as normal, be either summarised within, or appended in full, to the committee report. The report is provided to members of the committee in advance of the meeting.
Any member of the public, applicant, agent, or other interested person, who wishes to speak at the remote committee meeting must tell us no later than 12pm (midday) on the Tuesday before the committee (3 days before the meeting). This needs to be done in writing or by email, and you'll need to provide us with your phone number and your email address, if you have one. This will allow us to make contact with you more efficiently.
Anyone who tells us that they wish to speak at the meeting will be given the necessary instructions two days in advance of the committee date. The instructions will enable them to dial into the remote meeting via phone.