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London borough says planning decision cannot stand after problems with broadcast stream for committee meeting

The monitoring officer at Ealing Council has advised the chair of its planning committee that a decision taken at a meeting on 10 March 2021, which saw an "unexpected problem" with the broadcast stream, cannot stand.

The council said the last 40 minutes of the meeting, which included part of the debate and the vote, was not broadcast publicly on the council’s YouTube stream.

Ealing said the planning committee would need to meet afresh to consider the application, which relates to the redevelopment of a 1.36ha site including its Perceval House offices. “Steps are being taken to confirm a suitable date for as soon as possible, to allow this to happen, in circumstances where the public will be able to witness the full debate and the vote.”

The local authority, which has taken measures to prevent a re-occurrence of the problem, said: “The monitoring officer gave her advice following full consideration of what happened at the 10 March planning committee meeting and also, consideration of the legal position.

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“It has always been a fundamental principle of Ealing Council’s decision making that it be completely transparent, and it is disappointing that, due to technical problems outside the council’s control, that did not happen at the 10 March meeting.”

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