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September 2016
‘Calls for Evidence’ consultations on strategic planning policy contained in the SPPS, for 'Development in the Countryside' and 'Renewable Energy' ran from 7th March 2016 until 6th May 2016.
The Minister for Infrastructure, Chris Hazzard MLA, has now signalled that the Department is to undertake a priority review of the Strategic Planning Policy Statement (SPPS) in relation to both subject policies.
A copy of the Minister’s Press Release is available to view below, together with summary papers highlighting the responses received to the calls for evidence:
Additional information on the review process, including progress updates, will be posted on this webpage as appropriate.

Call for Evidence 'Development in the Countryside'

Call for Evidence 'Renewable Energy '

Calls for Evidence

The Department of the Environment has launched ‘Calls for Evidence’ to help inform the scope of forthcoming reviews of strategic planning policy for Development in the Countryside and strategic planning policy for Renewable Energy development.
It is anticipated that the evidence received will improve the Department’s understanding of the operation and impact of the existing policy approaches as set out in the Strategic Planning Policy Statement and provide up-to-date evidence on the social, environmental and economic impacts of both strategic policy areas.
Depending, in part, upon the evidence received following the ‘Calls for Evidence’, the scope of the forthcoming reviews will be refined to focus on the key matters that need to be addressed. The subsequent reviews will be the subject of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).
The summary papers detailing the scope and purpose of the ‘Calls for Evidence’ are available to view or download below:
The Call for Evidence for Strategic Planning Policy 'Development in the Countryside' closed on 6th May 2016
The Call for Evidence for Strategic Planning Policy 'Renewable Energy' closed on 6th May 2016:
To ask about alternative document formats please contact the Planning Policy Team by telephoning (028) 9054 0612 (text relay prefix 18001) or by writing to:
DfI Planning Policy Division,
Clarence Court,

10-18 Adelaide Street,
BT2 8GB.
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