The Minister of the Environment Edwin Poots has launched new RPA proposals for both Planning and Community Planning. Planning legislation on the transfer of planning powers to local councils has been presented to the Assembly and a wider consultation paper on local government has also been issued. This consultation paper covers Community Planning, the Power of Wellbeing, Governance and a Code of Conduct for the new councils.
The Assembly Environment Committee has called for views on the draft Planning Bill by 14 January 2011. Responses to the local government consultation paper should be submitted by 11 March 2011. Further information on the draft Planning Bill and the local government consultation paper is available from Community Places and on the DoE and Planning Service websites.