PPS 1: General Principles
Introduction: Public Participation
9. The Department recognises that individuals and groups have important contributions to make at key stages in the planning process. The Planning Service will continue to publish a variety of documents aimed at improving public awareness of the system and will consult widely before introducing new planning policies. The Planning Service will facilitate the involvement of local communities in the preparation of development plans for their areas by ensuring adequate publicity at each stage, by organising public meetings at convenient locations and by making officials available for discussions. Those who have objections to draft plan proposals may be afforded the opportunity to present their views at a public inquiry. In addition to advertising applications as required by law, the Planning Service will continue to implement a neighbour notification scheme. The Planning Service will continue to examine ways of improving public consultation and participation.