What reference does the SO make (if any) to the Chair of the Town Council? Well a few concerns there: The statement quoted looks like a typical constitution article from a Principle Authority, not a standing order from a Town or Parish Council. If the Council comment on any kind of Planning application, it must be resolved as a response from the whole Council. If these three "inner circle" buddies support an application but the other Cllrs oppose it, then they cannot provide a three person response on behalf of the Town Council. Another huge concern is that this S.O. does not clarify if the leader of the Council acts as the Chair, a role which is subject to annual elections by all members at the Annual Meeting of the Town Council.