Coronavirus: Temporary changes to major planning application process

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Temporary changes to requirements to hold a public event for major planning applications aimed at keeping NI moving forward

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has announced changes to the process for major planning applications, temporarily removing the requirement to hold a public event as part of the pre application community consultation.

The changes came into effect on 1 May 2020 and will apply until 31 March 2021. 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.

Find more information on the changes and on the extension to the changes.

First published 29 April 2020