We’ve just attended our first ‘Virtual Planning Committee’. This new decision-making tool, which was enabled by recent Covid 19 planning legislation, allows Councils to determine major or controversial planning application using online video technology.
Our presentation in support of an extension to a shopping centre and 119 new residential apartments took place using Microsoft Teams, and whilst it felt slightly strange having to dress up to work from home, the technology enabled a good replication of a planning committee.
The only slight problem was when it came to presenting large file CGI animations of the scheme, which didn’t run as smoothly as intended, but generally we were impressed with the technology and how the Councillors were able to adapt to the new forum.
The only downside of the night was that the Members rejected their officers positive recommendation and refused the scheme – but that’s planning for you and a whole different story!