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Sustainable Development

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 March 2006, Official Report, column 106-7WS, on sustainable development, whether the Planning Service in Northern Ireland plans to change the basis on which planning applications submitted before the date of that statement are assessed. (80236)

The Planning Service has no plans to change the basis on which planning applications submitted on or before 16 March 2006 are assessed.

Those planning applications in the system on or before 16 March 2006 will not be affected by Planning Policy Statement 14 ‚ÄúSustainable Development in the Countryside‚ÄĚ (PPS 14) unless they are still being processed when the draft policy is confirmed. At that stage PPS 14 will be have to be taken into consideration.