Green councillors prominent in first-ever virtual planning committee

28 April 2020

The major item was a proposal for 28 houses in Great Finborough, strongly opposed by the parish council. Their case for refusal was argued by their Green Party councillor, John Matthissen.
Councillor Matthissen said:

"I was initially concerned that a relatively large and contentious application would be decided in the midst of confusion and technical difficulties. I would like to thank everyone involved for their careful consideration as well as patience and stamina. I am sure that Finborough residents will be pleased that this development is not going ahead. "

On the eight-strong committee were three Green Party councillors, Andy Mellen, Rowland Warboys and Andrew Stringer.

Councillor Stringer commented afterwards:

“I would say that after a number of technical glitches at the start, the online planning meeting debated the issues and came to their decisions. It would have been better if the council had enough band width to include video, but all participants were patient and courteous and this was a great help.”


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