Belfast City Council

Current Status Pre Hearing Stage

17th September 2020

The Commission has published the Guidance Notes and the draft Hearings Programme for the initial public hearing sessions of the Independent examination, to be conducted from Monday 16th November - Friday 27th November 2020 inclusive. These documents can be found on our BCC Examination Library page here [Ref ED009 and ED010]

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11th September 2020

The Commission has responded to Belfast City Council’s letter dated 3rd September 2020 [ED007A]. This can be found on our BCC Examination Library page here [Ref ED008]

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4th September 2020

The Commission has received correspondence and documentation from Belfast City Council as requested in the Commission’s letter [ED003]. These can be found on our BCC Examination Library page here [Ref ED007.A ~ E]

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3rd September 2020

The Commission has responded to the email from Belfast City Council. This can be found on our BCC Examination Library page here [Ref ED006]

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2nd September 2020

The Commission has received an email from Belfast City Council. This can be found on our BCC Examination Library page here [Ref ED005]

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2nd September 2020

The Commission has sent correspondance letters, by post (and by email where address supplied) to those who made a representation to Belfast City Council on the draft Plan Strategy saying that it was unsound and who either:

  • Completed the Belfast LDP 2035 – Plan Strategy pro forma and indicated at Q18 under Section 9.  Type of Procedure that they wanted their representation to be dealt with by oral hearing (chose this procedure to present your representation orally at the public hearing event(s)); or
  • If they chose not to submit a completed pro forma, made an unequivocally clear statement in their representation that they wanted it to be dealt with by oral hearing at the public hearing sessions.

A copy of the letters sent can be found on our BCC Examination Library page here [Ref ED004.A and ED004.B]

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27th August 2020

The Commission has responded to Belfast City Council’s letter dated 31st July 2020. The Commissions letter can be found on our BCC Examination Library page here [Ref ED003]

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3rd August 2020

The Commission has received Belfast City Council’s response to the Commission’s letter dated 3rd July 2020. This can be found on our BCC Examination Library page here [Ref ED002A and ED002B]

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6th July 2020

The presiding Commissioners have completed their initial assessment of the draft Plan Strategy and associated evidence base.  This has given rise to some issues that, both individually and cumulatively, may have implications for its soundness.  The Commission has written to Belfast City Council on 3rd July 2020 setting out the identified issues.  Copies of the letter and associated table [Ref ED001A and ED001B] are available on our BCC Examination Library page here

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6th February 2020

The Department for Infrastructure has appointed the Planning Appeals Commission to conduct an Independent Examination of the Belfast City Council Local Development Plan. Programme Officer, James Bickerstaff, has reviewed the draft Plan Strategy documents supplied directly by Belfast City Council and the Commission has assigned Commissioner Rosemary Daly and Commissioner Julie de-Courcey to perform the IE. 

The Commissioners will proceed to undertaking a series of checks to ensure that all essential regulatory steps have been taken by the Council and to identify any fundamental concerns about the soundness of the plan. Following these checks, the Commissioners may request further written evidence and an exploratory meeting may be held. If an exploratory meeting is not required we will proceed to arrange the hearing sessions. 

The Programme Officer will make contact with all parties who made representations in due course. All communications in relation to this examination should be directed to James Bickerstaff, on 028 9089 3919 or by sending an email to BCC.LDP@pacni.gov.uk . 

Further information regarding the Commission’s procedures for Independent Examinations can be found in our procedures document here

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