Policy Forum for Northern Ireland

Planning in Northern Ireland: progress, economic development and forward strategy

December 2017

This timely conference focused on key issues for the planning system in Northern Ireland, bringing together policymakers and stakeholders.

Delegates assessed progress and next steps in relation to Local Development Plans and examined latest thinking on how they can be developed effectively to shape area planning for the next 10 years.

They also discussed the way forward in addressing challenges that applicants, planners and local authorities have faced since the transfer of planning powers and the means of achieving a more accountable and effective planning system. Delegates were also briefed on the independent examination procedure and the work of the Planning Appeals Commission.

Further sessions considered priorities for businesses, and ways in which local authorities can best support economic development through the planning system, as well as the next steps for the Department for Infrastructure in developing a strategic planning policy which can act as a driver for local and regional economic growth.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Northern Ireland seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates