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Explanatory Memorandum to Planning Amendment (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

Control over development

Article 23 ‑ Planning agreements

This Article amends the provisions of the 1991 Order for planning agreements and introduces new provisions relating to the modification or discharge of an agreement. A party to a planning agreement is enabled by this Article to apply to the Department for modification and discharge of an agreement with a right of appeal to the Planning Appeals Commission against the Department's determination. The Article also creates a new offence for the wilful obstruction of any person authorised to enter land to carry out works required by a planning agreement.  District Councils are also given a statutory consultative role when a planning agreement is being in drawn up, modified, varied or discharged.

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