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The Big Bang Conference Series: Countdown to Planning Reform 2015

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
RTPI Northern Ireland

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.

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.