About DfI Planning
Role of the Department
The Department’s Planning functions are split between two directorates - Strategic Planning and Regional Planning.
The Strategic Planning Directorate is responsible for processing planning applications deemed to be of regional significance or those which may be ‘called in’ from the local councils. In addition, the Directorate carries out a plan scrutiny role as part of the two-tier planning system.
The Regional Planning Directorate develops planning legislation and policy in line with Ministerial direction as well as providing advice and guidance on design, policy and practice. The Directorate is also responsible for the review, monitoring and implementation of the Regional Development Strategy 2035 which was published in March 2012. In addition, the Directorate provides support to the local councils with performance monitoring and continuous improvement initiatives.
Chief Planner and Director of Regional Planning: Angus Kerr
Angus Kerr, BA MSc DipMS MRTPI, was appointed Director of Planning Policy Division in January 2012. A chartered Town Planner with over 24 years experience, Angus has worked in a wide range of planning posts within both the former Department of the Environment and the former Department for Regional Development.
Angus was Project Director of the Planning Reform and Transfer Project which brought forward the most significant changes to the Northern Ireland planning system in over 40 years, introducing a new two tier, plan led system and the transfer of the majority of planning functions to local councils in April 2015.
Angus's Personal Secretary is Julie Maroadi (Tel: 028 9054 0645)
Director of Strategic Planning: Alistair Beggs
Alistair Beggs, BSc MSc MRTPI, was appointed Director of Strategic Planning Division in February 2018. A graduate of Dundee University, he is a Chartered Town Planner with over 25 years experience working in a wide range of planning posts.
Prior to spending 13 years with the Planning Appeals and Water Appeals Commissions, Alistair worked with Dundee City Council, Angus Council and Fife Council.
Alistair's Personal Assistant is Courtney McGrail (Tel: 028 9054 0647)