Planning Portal

Strike Action At Planning Offices

Published on Fri, 16 Jul 2004
The Planning Service apologises to all customers who may be affected by the current industrial action, which is disrupting the processing of planning applications in some offices.
The Planning Service Chief Executive, Mr David Ferguson, said: "The ongoing industrial action by NIPSA members in some planning offices will affect the service we provide. It will mean delays in the processing of planning applications and a reduction in the level of service generally provided.
"We are sorry if this is this is the case. However, I would like to assure our customers that we are actively seeking to identify ways to minimise the impact of the disruption and that we will do our best to provide as full a service as possible."
The industrial action is currently affecting the Planning Offices in Omagh, Londonderry, Coleraine and Belfast. Regular updates on the situation and offices affected can be accessed on this website.

Notes to Editors

  1. The ongoing NI Civil Service 2003 pay dispute industrial action by members of the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance has now widened to include staff in the Planning Service.
  2. Professional and Technology staff in Development Control section covering Omagh District started continuous strike action on 14 July 2004.
  3. Professional and Technology Staff in the Castlereagh Development Control Section in the Belfast Divisional Office and all NIPSA members working in the Department’s Coleraine and Londonderry Divisional Offices started continuous strike action on Monday 19 July 2004.
  4. The ongoing industrial action will have an impact on the level of service provided and will cause delays in the processing of planning applications.
  5. Updates and information on the offices affected can be accessed on this website or via the Northern Ireland eGovernment portal
  6. Further information contact Brian Kirk, DOE Press Office Tel: 028 9054 0013, e-mail
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