Derry City & Strabane

31 January 2023

The Department for Infrastructure has appointed the Planning Appeals Commission to conduct an Independent Examination of the Derry City & Strabane District Council Local Development Plan. Programme Officer, Barry Fegan, has reviewed the draft Plan Strategy documents supplied directly by Derry City & Strabane District Council and the Commission has assigned Commissioner Diane O'Neill to perform the IE. 

The Commissioner will proceed to undertake 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 Commissioner 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 Barry Fegan, on 028 9089 3917 or by sending an email to 

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