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Information Leaflet 8: Handling of Major Planning Applications

In February 2002 the Department published its Consultation Paper ‘Modernising Planning Processes’ (MPP). In its review of planning processes, the Department concluded that Article 31 procedures had been applied to applications that could have been dealt with more effectively through the normal planning process. The MPP Consultation Paper proposed that the Department should, in future, only apply Article 31 procedures to planning applications that were truly major in their scale and significance and fell within specified criteria.
The responses to the MPP Consultation Paper indicated widespread support for this approach. The respondents also asked the Department to provide greater clarity as to the criteria it would use in interpreting the existing provisions of Article 31.
This information note seeks to provide that clarity, but is for guidance only and can not be regarded as definitive or as having any legal effect.
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