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Planning Reform Legislation

Published on Wed, 15 Mar 2006
Legislation to improve the planning process in Northern Ireland is being enacted at Westminster.
A spokesman for the Department of the Environment said: "This is another step in the DOE's "Planning to Deliver" programme to modernise and reform the planning system. The Order in Council contains wide-ranging planning changes which will speed up the development control and appeal processes. It will also strengthen control in protecting and enhancing the built and natural environment, improve enforcement and assist the preparation of development plans."
The legislative changes are part of the commitments made in the Modernising Planning Processes Implementation Plan launched in February 2003 and have the potential to deliver the most significant reforms to the planning system over the last 30 years.

Notes to Editors

  1. A copy of the Draft Order and the Explanatory Memorandum are available at Opens link in a new browser window and are available for purchase from The Stationery Office, 16 Arthur Street, Belfast BT1 4GD.
  2. The Department issued a Consultation Document on 28 October 2005 containing details of the Draft Order's proposed provisions. The closing date for receipt of comments was 23 December 2005. A total of 57 responses were received from a wide range of interests i.e. residents/community/environmental groups, district councils, professional bodies, business groups and members of the Northern Ireland Assembly. The proposals were generally welcomed by respondents.
  3. Many of the provisions, contained in the Draft Order, will come into operation shortly after the Order is made while others will be brought into operation by way of commencement orders.
  4. Media inquiries to DOE Press Office, Tel 028 9054 0003, Email
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