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Explanatory Memorandum to Electricity Consents (Planning) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006


6.The Department wrote to the Planning Appeals Commission, a cross-section of industry, political parties, the Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation, and NGOs to inform them of the planned changes. The Department has also held targeted meetings with key industry representatives and Authority staff. However, no formal public consultation was held. Stakeholders were of the view that the Order should be introduced with the intention of speeding up the consent process. Ministers consider this Order a necessary first step in streamlining the energy project consent application process.

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