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Angela Smith Planning For The Future

Published on Tue, 12 Oct 2004
Environment Minister, Angela Smith, MP, spoke to local councillors today about developing a planning system to meet the future needs of Northern Ireland.
Addressing a Forum jointly organised by Planning Service and the Northern Ireland Local Government Association, the Minister said: "Today’s Forum is an excellent opportunity to begin the debate on how Councils and the Planning Service can work together for the benefit of all the citizens of Northern Ireland. Together we can create a planning process that not only addresses current demands, but also ensures strategic engagement with Councils on the development of a planning policy that will underpin our economy and our growth as a society.
"I am confident that by working together we can bring about substantial improvements to the planning system. The role that Councils have played to date has been critically important and your contribution has been invaluable.
"This Forum is not only about my commitment to modernising planning but it is also about your role in the delivery of planning. It is, therefore, the beginning of a process which I believe can bring about real and practical changes to the way we work together for the benefit of all."

Notes to Editors

  • As part of Modernising Planning Processes, Planning Service wants to look at ways that it can improve consultation arrangements with local councils. Planning Service has a statutory requirement to consult local councils about planning applications.
  • Planning Service and the Northern Ireland Local Government Association have jointly organised the Forum, and this is seen as a first step to engaging with local councils in this process.
  • The Modernising Planning Processes Implementation Plan was published in February 2003.
  • For further information please contact DOE Press Office, telephone number 028 9054 0003. Information about Modernising Planning Processes is available on this website.
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