The implications of delegated and virtual decision-making

Local authorities are looking at using emergency delegated powers and a system of 'virtual' planning committees to allow decision-making to continue during the coronavirus outbreak. But practitioners warn that delegated powers are likely to be suitable for just a limited number of applications, while virtual committees face technical challenges and are likely to limit public participation.

by David Blackman
Coronavirus crisis has transformed how council meetings are held (Pic: Surrey County Council)
Coronavirus crisis has transformed how council meetings are held (Pic: Surrey County Council)

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