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Just What Do The Planners Take Into Account When Assessing Applications?

Published on Mon, 10 May 2004
Environment Minister Angela Smith, MP, today issued a new leaflet which will answer questions about what documents and other matters the Planning Service considers when making planning decisions.
Angela Smith said: "This delivers another key action in the plan to modernise the planning processes, which I launched in February 2003.
"The leaflet seeks to promote greater public awareness of all the matters that need to be considered when planning applications are being assessed, as well as providing a better overall understanding of the decision-making process. It underlines my determination to create a more efficient planning process for the public."
The Minister explained that the leaflet contains advice about the hierarchy of documents that informs the planning process, from the high level Regional Development Strategy for Northern Ireland, to local design guides. She confirmed that it also provides information on a range of other considerations, such as Human Rights legislation, that might need be taken into account when assessing building schemes.

Notes to Editors:

  1. Angela Smith, MP, launched the Modernising Planning Processes Implementation Plan (MPP) in February 2003.
  2. Among the actions outlined in MPP was the preparation of a leaflet providing information on the hierarchy of planning documents that are used in the planning process. This leaflet is one of a series that looks at various aspects of the planning system.
  3. The Modernising Planning Processes Implementation Plan and the information leaflet can be accessed on this website.
  4. Copies of both can also be obtained from Planning Service Headquarters, Clarence Court, 10-18 Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8GB.
  5. For further information, contact Brian Kirk at DOE Press Office, tel. 02890 540013
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