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Cabinet Decision: 17th February 2011
Title of Item/Report
Record of the Decision
Cabinet considered a report relating to a protocol on decisions contrary to officer recommendations.

The protocol on decisions contrary to officer recommendations was introduced to give an opportunity for Members to try a new approach to decision making which allowed time for further consideration of those decisions where officers determined that there were insufficient planning grounds, or evidence, to support the Planning Committee's decision.

The protocol had been accepted subject to a review 12 months after its implementation..

Members noted that since the protocol had been agreed there had been three occasions when it has been used.

It was considered that the protocol had not removed or diluted the democratic rights of committee members to determine a decision as they thought fit but allowed further time for consideration, reflection and investigation.

The Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transportation Councillor Cook and the Planning Committee supported the continuation of the Protocol.

RECOMMENDED that the continuation of the protocol be approved.
Reasons for the Decision
To comply with the findings of the Peer Report and the Service Improvement Plan in order to make a more streamlined and efficient service, consistent with the ambition and aspiration of excellence embedded into Stockton on Tees Borough Council
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
Declared (Cabinet Member) Conflicts of Interest
Details of any Dispensations
Not applicable
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
Not applicable

Date of Publication: 21 February 2011

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