Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon MLA has today announced a temporary extension to the suspension of the requirement to hold a pre-application community consultation event. This extension will apply until 31 March 2021.
Applicants are reminded that guidance which suggests alternatives to face to face meetings, such as online events, still applies. Applicants will still also need to comply with other requirements to ensure communities are aware of and can input to major development proposals for their areas. It is anticipated this step will allow major applications to be continued to be submitted during the current pandemic.