Delegated Applications - recommendations accepted by Planning Committee members

As outlined in the council's revised Scheme of Delegation from 1st July 2020 (SEE  TOP LINK AT FOOT OF PAGE), the Head of Planning can determine whether some local development applications are approved or refused.

Amendment to Planning Scheme of Delegation

Notification of Amendment to Planning Scheme of Delegation (“the Scheme”) and Publication of Scheme pursuant to Regulation 10 of the Planning (Development Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 (“the 2015 Regulations”)

Further to the ongoing National Emergency related to the spread of COVID-19, the Council has amended the Scheme to maintain decision making, wherever possible, to ensure the planning system continues to function, especially where this will support the local economy and help deliver essential services.  In taking the decision to amend, the Council recognises the importance of continuing to provide the best planning service possible to its constituents in these challenging times.

Further to the introduction of the Coronavirus Act 2020, the Council is awaiting Regulations to permit, inter alia, Planning Committee meetings to take place virtually rather than in person.

In this interim period, and in light of the inability of the Council to hold a physical Planning Committee meeting at present due to the ongoing restrictions and awaited amendments to legislation pertaining to the ability to hold virtual meetings, and the formulation of procedure and testing of such a virtual meeting, the Council has made the decision to amend its current Scheme of Delegation to enable more planning applications to be delegated to officers, subject to normal call-in procedures.

The amendment to the Scheme removes the following non-mandatory categories of planning application from automatic referral to the Planning Committee for consideration:

A Local development application attracting six or more separate individual objections which are contrary to the officer’s recommendation; and
A Local development application which is a departure from the Development Plan and which is recommended for approval.  

This amendment has been approved by the Department for Infrastructure pursuant to Regulation 9 of the Planning (Development Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015.

The lists of delegated applications that have had the case officer's recommendation accepted in the last 8 weeks are available to view or download below. Should you wish to view any lists of delegated applications that were ratified more than 8 weeks ago, please contact the Planning Office.

The Scheme of Delegation for Ards and North Down (Revised 1st July 2020)  is available to download by clicking on this link: https://www.ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/downloads/Scheme-Delegation-Revised-01-May-2020_.pdf

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