|Report forwarded to DFI
14th October 2022
Following the independent examination of the draft Plan Strategy, the Commissioner’s report has been forwarded to the Department for Infrastructure.
Release of that report is solely a matter for the Department.
23rd March 2022
The public hearing sessions have now finished and the protocol for the remainder of the independent examination is set out in the closing notes. This document can be found on our FO Examination Library page here [Ref ED014]
The Commissioner thanks all participants for their valuable contribution to the process.
8th March 2022
Tomorrow's hearing session on Topic 16: Renewable Energy will commence at 9.30am instead of the previously scheduled 10.30am start. The session can be viewed on the Commission's YouTube channel https://youtube.com/channel/UCOzcxPyBJzH3XbF13M_t52w
24th January 2022
The Commission has updated the Hearing Programme (Version 7) [ED005] which is available to view in the Fermanagh & Omagh Examination Library. Please note changes to the running order for Weeks 2, 3 & 6. The order of the published Questions has also been amended to reflect the changes made to the respective weeks and these are also available in the Examination Library [ED006] [ED007] & [ED010].
21st January 2022
The Commission has released the Questions for Weeks 4 - 6 [ED010]. These are available to view in the Fermanagh & Omagh Examination Library
17th January 2022
The Commission has updated the Hearing Programme (Version 6) [ED005] which is available to view in the Fermanagh & Omagh Examination Library
14th January 2022
The Commission has set up a YouTube Channel to stream the hearing sessions live. Those wishing to view the sessions should go to
11th January 2022
The Commission has updated the Hearing Programme (Version 5) [ED005] and Questions for Weeks 1 & 2 [ED006]. These are now available to view in the Fermanagh & Omagh Examination Library.
5th January 2022
The Commission has now released the updated Hearing Programme [ED005] to include Week 6. This is now available to view in the Fermanagh & Omagh Examination Library or via the link in the latest News page.
14th December 2021
The Commission has now released the updated Hearing Programme to include Weeks 3, 4 and 5. The Questions for Week 3 [ED007] and the updated Programme [ED005] are now available to view in the Fermanagh & Omagh Examination Library. It is intended that Week 6 will commence 22nd - 24th March 2022 and the Hearing Programme will be updated once finalised with the topics for that week.
1st December 2021
The Commission has published the Questions [ED006] for the initial public hearing sessions of the Independent examination (weeks 1 & 2) to be conducted from Tuesday 18th January 2022 - Friday 28th January 2022 inclusive.
The Commission has also updated the Hearing programme [ED005] after contacting all those eligible to participate in the initial hearing sessions.
These documents can be found on our FO Examination Library page here
5th November 2021
The Commission has published the Guidance Notes, Remote Hearings Protocol and the Hearing Programme for the initial public hearing sessions of the Independent examination, to be conducted from Tuesday 18th January 2022 - Friday 28th January 2022 inclusive. These documents can be found on our FO Examination Library page here [Ref ED003 - ED005]
20th October 2021
The Commission has received Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s response to the Commission’s letter dated 4th October 2021. This can be found on our FO Examination Library page here [Ref ED002A - ED002G].
4th October 2021
The presiding Commissioner’s initial assessment of the Fermanagh and Omagh Draft Plan Strategy and its associated evidence base has given rise to some issues that, both individually and cumulatively, may have implications for its soundness. As a result, the Commission wrote to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 4th October 2021 setting out the identified issues. A copy of the letter is available on our FO Examination Library page here [Ref ED001].
13th May 2021
The Department for Infrastructure has appointed the Planning Appeals Commission to conduct an Independent Examination (IE) of the Fermanagh & Omagh District Council Local Development Plan Strategy. Programme Officer, Barry Fegan, has reviewed the draft Plan Strategy documents supplied directly by Fermanagh & Omagh Council and the Commission has assigned Commissioner Diane O'Neill to perform the IE.
The Commissioner 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 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 FO.LDP@pacni.gov.uk.
Further information regarding the Commission’s procedures for Independent Examinations can be found in our procedures document here