Friday, 01 February 2013
The Assembly Buildings Conference Centre (Spires), Fisherwick Place, Belfast BT1 6DW, UK
£45.00 for RTPI or IPI Members or £5.00 for unwaged
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
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
In light of this pressing
timetable, The Irish Planning Institute (IPI) and the Royal Town
Planning Institute (RTPI) have joined forces to promote a
conference series to oversee the implementation of these changes
and to provide an opportunity for their members to inform and shape
the process of delivery. We are keen to influence the thinking of
both the Executive, the relevant Government Departments and the new
Councils on the workings of the new planning system so that we can
get the very best professional planning service possible.
The conference series will run across three events that will
shadow the progress of implementation over the next two years.
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.
Further details of the programme for this first event and the
booking form are available to download.