Planning Bill speeds up planning reforms
Published on Thu, 24 Jan 2013
The Department of the Environment intends to transfer planning functions to councils in 2015 in line with the Executive's commitment to reform local government. The Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 provides for the transfer of the majority of planning powers to councils and for the modernisation of the planning system.
The Planning Bill which was introduced to the Assembly on 14 Janury 2013 will bring forward much needed reforms in the 2011 Act in advance of the transfer. It also brings forward provisions to underpin the role of planning in promoting economic development through amendments to both the Plannning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 and the 2011 Act.
This allows the benefits of the reforms to be realised sooner. It also means the Department will transfer a system which councils, planners, developers and the public are already using and which they know and understand.