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Get It Right or Get It Back

Published on Tue, 14 Feb 2006
The Planning Service has announced a further move in its commitment to speed up the planning process.
Over the coming months a new procedure to return all invalid planning applications, together with the fee and reasons for return will be rolled out to all the local planning offices.
Jim Wilkinson, Deputy Director of Corporate Services, said: "This is another positive step forward in our programme of modernisation. Almost a quarter of all planning applications submitted do not include sufficient information, or the correct fee to allow the application to be processed. Time spent on these incomplete applications creates lengthy delays in the planning process and impacts on all of our customers".
The new procedure will be phased in across planning offices and exact dates for each will be advertised in the local press. Details will be available together with guidance on how to complete planning applications on this website or by contacting local planning offices.

Notes to Editors

  1. The number of planning applications has doubled in the past 10 years and the figure continues to grow rapidly. The Planning Service has received over 36,000 planning applications this year. Almost a quarter of these applications could not be processed because of missing information or an incorrect fee. This creates lengthy delays in the planning process for customers.
  2. The move to return invalid applications follows on from the Modernising Planning Processes Consultation Paper where it received huge support.
  3. Invalid applications will be returned together with the planning fee and an explanation of the reasons for return.
  4. Each application must now be accompanied by an individual cheque for the fee relating to the application. If a number of applications are submitted with one covering cheque, these will be returned with a request for a separate cheque for each application. All plans must be metric, include scale details, indicate the north point and include elevations which are essential for determination of building applications. Applications will be considered invalid without these details.
  5. Help is available for our customers from their local planning offices or on this website. The re-designed application forms and revised "Guidance Notes for Applicants" are also available.
  6. Further details on The Modernising Planning Processes Implementation Plan are available on the website or by writing to Modernising Planning, Planning Service Headquarters, Millennium House, 17-25 Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7BN.
  7. Further News media information contact DOE Press Office Tel: 028 9054 0003.
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