Statutory consultees play an essential role in the planning process as Planning Authorities may not have the necessary expertise in‑house to assess the technical and specialist issues of an application's merits. The consultation process is also an important element of an open, transparent and democratic planning system.
Section 229(3) of the Planning NI Act 2011 provides the statutory basis on which a consultee must respond, e.g. they are required to give a substantive response within a prescribed time period or in a period as is agreed in writing between the consultee and the council or, as the case may be, the Department. The statutory period for response is 21 days.
The information provided in these reports is taken directly from the NI Planning Portal and data around the consultation process is complex and continues to be developed to ensure it is robust. As a consequence, there may be minor variations in the figures contained between the reports when compared or those held by the statutory consultees themselves.