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 Revised Scheme of Delegation (1st July 2020) which can be downloaded as a PDF document BELOW.