How we make planning decisions

The type, size and complexity of an application will determine how a decision is made.  There are three ways in which a decision can be made:

  • the Planning Committee will consider all major applications in Ards and North Down
  • a Planning Officer may have authority to determine smaller, more straightforward applications
  • the Department of the Environment will make decisions that have regional significance

Full details are set out in our Scheme of Delegation which can be downloaded below.