Northern Ireland is at a significant point in the development of planning services with the transfer of planning powers to the 11 new Councils from 1 April 2015.
RTPI Northern Ireland Chair, Neil Dunlop said: "The RTPI welcomes the transfer of planning powers to local councils; this is the right place for the majority of planning decisions to be taken. The Councils will have the powers, and with that the responsibility, to develop a vision which meets the aspirations and needs of local communities and then to steer its implementation".
"There has been significant work by many different agencies and individuals to move us to this point, but the work is not over yet. The RTPI will continue to work with the Councils, the Department for Environment, other agencies involved in the delivery of planning and of course our members to support the bedding down of the planning functions in Northern Ireland".
Neil Dunlop is a Strategic Planning Advisor on Local Government Reform for Belfast City Council, previous to this Neil was a Planning Manager with DOE NI Planning Service.
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