Belfast City Airport Planning Agreement Modification Process
Modification of Planning Agreement
In March 2012 GBBCA submitted a request to the Department to vary the terms of their 1997 Planning Agreement (modified in 2008). The Airport requested that the Seats for Sale restriction be removed from the Agreement and replaced with a noise contour control cap and other noise control measures. The proposal was accompanied by supporting information including economic and environmental appraisals. A revised proposal and further supporting information were submitted in December 2013 and the Airport submitted further information in May 2014 and July 2014.
A public inquiry into the Airport’s proposals and the responses to them was held in May 2015. The Planning Appeals Commission's report of the public inquiry can be viewed using the link below.
The Department is considering the PAC recommendations with a view to making recommendations to a Minister on if and how the Planning Agreement should be modified. It emphasises that at this stage no recommendation has been made by the Department in the light of the PAC Report and no decision has been reached.
On 1 February 2018, the Department received an Investigation Report from the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman into a complaint regarding delayed flights after 9.30pm at the George Best Belfast City Airport. The Department has been working to implement the recommendations of the report and has now compiled guidance on the meaning of exceptional circumstances for use by its staff. The guidance will be used as part of the Department’s administrative framework to monitor the 2008 Planning Agreement. This framework includes operating procedures for analysing data, record keeping and recording reasons for decisions and can be viewed using the link below.