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Major Planning Applications, How Are They Handled

Published on Mon, 6 Sep 2004
New guidance has been published that explains how Planning Service will handle major planning applications.
David Ferguson, Chief Executive of the DOE Planning Service, said: "This leaflet clearly shows applicants and others how we reach a decision on handling major applications. It is a good example of our proactive approach in providing useful information to the public and making the planning system more accessible."
‘Handling of Major Planning Applications – Article 31 Cases’ sets out the criteria that Planning Service will use to decide whether or not an application will be treated as a major planning application. The criteria that will be applied to proposals are its strategic significance; the environmental effect; its scale and nature. The guidance goes on to describe the different ways that are currently used to process a major planning application.

Notes to Editors

  1. The Planning Service is an Agency within DOE. The planning system exists to regulate the development and the use of land in the public interest. The planning functions are set out in the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991. The role of the Agency is to administer these functions, with the key business areas being development planning and development control, including enforcement.
  2. Under the provisions of Article 31 of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991, DOE may apply a special procedure for major planning applications.
  3. This guidance was produced in response to the Modernising Planning Processes Implementation Plan as part of the Planning to Deliver Programme. It can be accessed on this website.
  4. For further press information, please contact DOE Press Office, Tel 028 9054 0003.
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