Coronavirus: Temporary changes to major planning application process
Temporary changes to requirements to hold a public event for major planning applications in Northern Ireland have been extended
The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has announced a further extension of the temporary suspension of the requirement to hold a public event as part of pre-application community consultation on major planning applications.
The changes came into effect on 1 May 2020 and will now continue to apply until 31 March 2022. They are accompanied by guidance for applicants suggesting alternatives to this important element of the consultation process.
Applicants still need to comply with other requirements to ensure communities are aware of and can input to major development proposals for their areas, however, this will allow major planning applications to continue to be submitted during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The extension date will be kept under review, taking account of any changes to the public health advice, to ensure this emergency extension period is no longer than absolutely necessary.
First published 29 April 2020