Site Visits Update
External site visits by officers commenced on Monday 20 July 2020. These external visits are being undertaken by staff provided the PHA Guidance on social distancing can be adhered to.
Major Planning Applications Update
The DfI Minster has announced legislative changes to the process for major planning applications which come into operation on 1 May 2020. The legislation temporarily removes the requirement for a public event (and its associated advertising) as part of the pre-application community consultation process and applies to those Proposal of Application Notices (PAN) given to Council before or during the defined emergency period (1 May 2020 - 30 September 2020). The amendments require the applicant to provide details of how (including by what electronic means) further information may be obtained concerning the proposed development. In cases where a PAN has already been submitted and a public event has not yet taken place, the applicant will not be required to hold a public event but should discuss with the Planning Department their alternative consultation measures. For new PANs these should set out clearly how they propose to engage with the community in the absence of a public event. The Planning (Development Management) (Temporary Modifications) (Coronavirus) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 can be viewed at
Planning Update 24/04/2020
The Planning staff continue to work from home on some 650 planning applications, PADs, Discharge of Conditions, Listed Building Consent, Non-Material Change applications and Consent for Works to Trees etc.. Work is continuing on enforcement cases with priority focused on those cases reaching immunity dates. The Development Plan team continue to work on the background papers, drafting topic papers and settlement appraisals to progress the LDP.
Staff are issuing delegated decision notices remotely and new applications and amended plans/further information are largely being received electronically allowing new and existing applications to be progressed. Neighbour notification letters are being issued and advertisements are being placed in the local papers. The publication of the weekly list of decisions issued and applications validated have also recommenced.
DfI have agreed the amended Scheme of Delegation for the Planning Department. The amended Scheme of Delegation and Protocol for the Operation of the Planning Committee will be implemented from 01 May 2020. and is available to view and download from the Planning Committee section of this website.
Those wishing to communicate with Planning staff are encouraged to do so via email as this will speed up the process of dealing with your application, representation or query
Planning Committee Meeting 26 February 2020
Further to agreement at The Planning Committee Meeting on 22 January 2020, the Planning Committee Meeting scheduled for 26 February 2020 will commence at 10am.
Planning Committee Meeting 22 January 2020
Further to agreement at The Planning Committee Meeting on 18 December 2019, the Planning Committee Meeting scheduled for 22 Janaury 2020 will commence at 10am.
**** Please note a revised Schedule of Applications has been uploaded to include Item 5.15 - Planning Application LA01/2019/0132/F - Substation at Drumbane Road, Garvagh which is being recommended for approval ****
Planning Committee Meeting 18 December 2019
Further to agreement at The Planning Committee Meeting on 27 November 2019, the Planning Committee Meeting scheduled for 18 December 2019 will commence at 10am
Planning Committee Meeting 27 November 2019
Further to agreement at The Planning Committee Meeting on 23 October 2019, the Planning Committee Meeting scheduled for 27 November 2019 will commence at 10am
Revised LDP (2035) Timetable published
The Council has published a Revised LDP (2035) Timetable
Planning Committee Meeting 23 October 2019
Further to agreement at The Planning Committee Meeting on 25 September 2019, the Planning Committee Meeting scheduled for 23 October 2019 will commence at 10am
New Planning Fees - 17 June 2019
New Planning Fees will come into operation on 17 June 2019 under the new Planning (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019
On 1st April 2015 the majority of the planning functions delivered by the Department for Infrastructure transferred to local Councils.
Under the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 a new hierarchy of development has been introduced which categories planning applications as local, major or regionally significant and the types of applications that fall within these categories is set out in the Schedule to The Planning (Development Management) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015.
Department for Infrastructure Planning Functions
Under the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 the Department retains responsibility for the following planning functions:
- Receiving and determination of Regionally Significant and ‘called-in’ applications
- Regional Planning Policy
- Planning Legislation
- Oversight and guidance for councils
- Performance Management
Council Planning Functions
Under the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 the Council has responsibility for the following planning functions:
- Receiving and making decisions on the majority of planning applications including consents categorised as local or major applications
- Making Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
- Protecting and preserving built heritage
- Investigating alleged breaches of planning control and determining what enforcement action should be taken
- Developing a local development plan which sets out how land in the Borough should be used and developed
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