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Coronavirus: Planning Services

Changes to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council's planning services due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Last Update: 11 June 2020

As the Council responds to coronavirus (COVID-19), the Planning Service is currently working within a limited capacity. Although we have reduced some of our normal services, we are continuing to process planning applications and appeals. 

Whilst the Council Offices are currently closed to the public, we are accepting new planning applications and revised schemes by post. For anyone wishing to make a representation on a planning application we would encourage you, wherever possible, to do so by email to planning@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk or by using the online facility available on the NI Planning Portal website www.planningni.gov.uk. 

Most applications will continue to be progressed and decided by Planning Officers under the Council’s Scheme of Delegation and decisions are issuing as normal, albeit some delays may be experienced. 

In addition, and following the introduction of recent legislation by the Department for Communities, the Council’s Planning Committee meetings are now resuming and will be held using technology to provide for remote access to Members and the public as necessary. In accordance with the Council’s Protocol for the Operation of the Planning Committee, public speaking rights remain available for all applications being presented to the monthly Planning Committee meetings. Information on the detailed arrangements for exercising these public speaking rights can be obtained by contacting the Planning Section. 

General queries can also be submitted to the above email address or you can telephone the Planning Section on T. 0300 123 6677. 

The Council will continue to keep the situation under review.

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