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Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

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Part 1: Functions of Department with respect to development of land.

Section 1: General functions of Department of the Environment with respect to development of land

This section sets out the Department’s duty to formulate and co-ordinate planning policy which must be in general conformity with the Regional Development Strategy.  A statutory duty is imposed on the Department in exercising these functions to do so with the objective of furthering sustainable development and promoting or improving well-being.   This section also provides for the Department to continue to undertake such surveys or studies as it considers necessary.

Section 2: Preparation of statement of community involvement by Department

This section sets out the requirement for the Department to produce a statement of its policy for involving the community in its planning control functions. The Department must publish its statement within one year of the section coming into operation.

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