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22/07/2021

NI planning legislation review still unfinished

Words: Roger Milne
Stormont

The Department for Infrastructure’s review of the legislation underpinning Northern Ireland’s planning system is still unfinished, but the department says it anticipates that the report will be published ‘later this year’ a spokesperson has told The Planner.

Last year chief planner Angus Kerr told a Stormont committee that he hoped the review would be completed by April this year.

This week a DfI spokesperson said: “The department received numerous complex, voluminous and detailed contributions to its Call for Evidence from a broad range of stakeholders. 

“Officials are continuing to assess the wide-ranging responses and give careful consideration to them. The minister will then consider whether any suggested amendment, retention or repeal of associated provisions would assist in better achieving the objectives of the 2011 Planning Act. 

“In addition, it will be necessary to determine whether changes (if brought forward) would require amendment to primary and/or subordinate legislation or could be effected through guidance or other means.

“It is anticipated that the associated review report will be published later this year.”

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