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Spring 2019 for new planning IT system?

Words: Roger Milne
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The business case for a new planning IT system will be published later this month and a start on procuring it should be under way by spring 2019, Northern Ireland’s chief planner Angus Kerr has announced in his latest update on current planning issues.

This seven-page document highlighted the new notification procedure requiring councils to consult the Department for Infrastructure on major developments that could prejudice the local development plan or where government departments or a statutory consultee have lodged a significant objection.

Kerr’s update also noted the publication of three new practice notes including one on the hierarchy of development and another setting out the requirements of the various types of planning applications.

His letter also revealed that the department is currently considering independent research reports relating to strategic planning policy for development in the countryside and, separately, renewable energy.

Kerr said he was “encouraged” by progress on local development plans with 10 out of 11 councils having published their preferred options papers and two their draft plan strategies.

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