DOE's Planning Service Becomes More Open
Published on Wed, 31 Oct 2001
From 19 November 2001, DOE’s Planning Service will become more open and the planning process more accessible.
The key new measures include:
- letting people know the reasons for a planning decision
- making representations on planning applications, including objections publicly, available
- making available details of consultation with District Councils
- enhanced access to the planning application file
- new measures to highlight disputed facts
- letting people know about the planning procedure.
In highlighting the enhanced measures, Planning Service’s Harry Baird said ‘We are introducing these measures to improve overall accessibility to the planning process, in turn making it more open and transparent. All interested parties, including planning applicants, third party interests and the general public will benefit.
"I believe these measures will enhance accessibility and also protect the overall public interest. It is a commitment we have made under the Programme for Government.
"The Planning Service already has a fair degree of openness in the form of the public availability of its planning register, public advertisements, and planning clinics. These new measures, however, will significantly enhance the customer focus of the Planning Service."
Planning Service is producing a leaflet, which explains simply the planning process. This will be available at all Planning Offices from 19 November 2001.
Notes to Editors
For further information please contact Philip Maguire, DOE Press Office, Tel 028 9054 0013.