"The Planning System in Northern Ireland is on course for a root and branch transformation that will see the vast majority of its statutory planning functions devolved from central government departments to eleven new Councils in 2015. The transfer of most planning functions to new district councils effectively involves the creation of a completely new planning system for Northern Ireland – a system which requires new roles, responsibilities and relationships for all participants in the planning process. The process of transformation is already underway and structures are currently being put in place to facilitate the new dispensation."
"On the 1st of April 2015, it is intended that all staff transfers to the new planning authorities will be complete and a new planning system will come into operation at the same time as the creation of the new eleven District Councils. This is the Big Bang date for planning in Northern Ireland."
Due to 2015 fast approaching the RTPI and IPI plan a the series of conferences to oversee the implementation of these changes and to provide an opportunity for their members to inform and shape the process of delivery. Linked to the conference series both Institutes propose to publish a joint report, the contents of which will be aimed at encouraging the new planning authorities to place good planning practice at the heart of the new set-up.
Speakers include Angus Kerr (Head of Planning Policy, DoE Planning), Professor Greg Lloyd (Head of Built Environment School, University of Ulster), Hendrik van der Kamp (Head of Spatial Planning, Dublin Institute of Technology) and Paul McTernan (Chairman, IPI Northern Branch).
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