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Information Leaflet 8: Handling of Major Planning Applications
What is an Article 31 Planning Application?

Article 31 of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 enables the Department to deal with major planning applications under special procedures where they consider that the development for which the permission or approval is sought would, if permitted:
  • involve a substantial departure from the development plan for the area to which it relates; or
  • be of significance to the whole or a substantial part of Northern Ireland; or
  • affect the whole of a neighbourhood; or
  • consist of or include the construction, formation, laying out or alteration of a means of access to a trunk road or of any other development of land within 67 metres of the middle of such a road, or of the nearest part of a special road.
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