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Planning Transfers to Councils

Published on Tue, 31 Mar 2015 by planning.reform@doeni.gov.uk.
From 1 April 2015 councils are responsible for drawing up local development plans, making the majority of planning decisions, and shaping how their area grows and develops in ways that respond to the needs of the communities they serve.
In preparation for the transfer of planning to councils the DOE has transferred planning staff to all 11 of the new councils in the past number of months. Each council has a dedicated planning department led by a Planning Manager and staffed by colleagues who have experience in planning.
In welcoming the change Minister Durkan said “Planning reform is about bringing forward improvements to the planning system, improvements that will bring planning closer to the public and make it easier for the public to access and participate in the planning process. This is part of the wider local government reform programme which will ultimately deliver local councils which are more effective, more efficient and more responsive to the needs of their local business and community. A dedicated planning office for each council area is an important step forward in Local Government Reform and will provide a more, efficient way of developing our local communities”
Notes to editors:
  1. Planning functions transfer from central government on 01 April 2015. From this date councils will be responsible for drawing up local development plans, making the majority of planning decisions, and shaping how their area grows and develops in ways that respond to the needs of the communities they serve.
  2. Further information about the transfer of planning can be found on the NI Direct website – http//www.nidirect.gov.uk/planning-reform or on the Planning website - http://www.planningni.gov.uk
  3. These new offices are now open so before visiting or calling your local office, check the list of planning offices.
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