2 May 2023
Update - Following correspondence from the Council [Ref ED002] and response from the Commission [Ref ED003]. The Commission has published the Guidance Notes [Ref ED001] for the initial two weeks of the public hearing sessions of the Independent Examination. Please note the initial two weeks of the public hearing sessions of the Independent Examination to be conducted from Tuesday 5th September 2023 - Thursday 14th September 2023 inclusive. These documents can be found on our DCS Examination Library page here.
26 April 2023
The Commission has published the Guidance Notes for the initial two weeks of the public hearing sessions of the Independent Examination to be conducted from Wednesday 21st June 2023 - Friday 30th June 2023 inclusive. This document can be found on our DCS Examination Library page here [Ref ED001]
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 DS.LDP@pacni.gov.uk.
Further information regarding the Commission’s procedures for Independent Examinations can be found in our procedures document here