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Development Management - A Good Practice Guide

The Good Practice Guide focuses on active caseload management and aims to improve the efficiency of the planning process and provide greater certainty about timescales in order to achieve our very challenging Public Service Agreement (PSA) targets.
Another objective of the Good Practice Guide is to raise the quality of applications submitted by focusing not only on the role and responsibilities of the Planning Service but also of Applicants, Agents and Consultees in helping to deliver quality, sustainable development needed to support economic growth. The implementation of the Guide is a critical step in preparing for the overall reform of the planning system to help make the development management process responsive in a way which is proportionate to different types of development proposal.
The Guide introduces a project management approach for handling planning applications. It sets out clearly how best to actively manage the progress of applications through the development management system and identifies the roles and responsibilities of Planning Service Staff, Applicants/Agents and Consultees at each stage of the process.
The Guide was launched by Minister Wilson on the 18th June 2009.

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