A consultation meeting is an informal meeting that is scheduled before an application is heard at a Planning Decisions Committee (PDC) meeting.
The purpose of a consultation meeting is for all parties in attendance to get a better understanding of the issues raised in objection letters and to seek resolution where possible.
It provides an opportunity for objectors and permit applicants to sit down and have a constructive, round-table conversation about:
- the application
- how objectors will be affected, and
- how some objector issues could potentially be resolved through design changes.
There is no formal resolution at a consultation meeting. In some instances an informal agreement is made between an objector and a permit applicant, which would modify a particular part of an application and assist in alleviating objector concerns.