Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland
The Context: Consultation Responses General
Many respondents commented on the way planning is organised in Northern Ireland. Some suggested that the statutory responsibility for planning should be changed to provide for more local accountability. There was support for greater local participation and better co-ordination between Government Departments. It was considered that planning policies should be clearly stated and consistently applied, and positive guidance given to prospective developers. Some respondents proposed that Environmental Assessment should be more extensively used.