Consultation on Draft Guidance on Planning Element of Councillors' Code of Conduct

The Northern Ireland Department of the Environment has published for public consultation draft guidance on the planning element of the Councillors' Code of Conduct.

As part of the review of local government the majority of planning functions will transfer to the new 11 councils on 1 April 2015.  The Local Government Act (NI) 2014 introduced a new ethical regime to local government.  As part of this regime, the Department issued a Code of Conduct (the Code) for councillors, which was approved by the Assembly on 27 May 2014.  Part 9 of the Code, which contains the planning element, is not due to take effect until 1 April 2015.  In the interim, the Department has agreed to provide guidance for councillors on the planning element of the Code and to consult on this guidance.

The Code details the principles and rules of conduct which councillors are required to observe when acting as a councillor and when conducting council business. The draft guidance makes specific reference to the rules in the Code in relation to declaration of interests, lobbying and access to councillors, and decision-making, and explains under each heading how the rules apply to councillors and, specifically, to planning committee members, where applicable.

This consultation paper seeks views on the draft guidance prepared by the Department.

Date: 25/9/2014 Start of consultation

         21/11/2014 End of consultation

Author: NI DOE

DCP link: This item updates DCP section 5.223

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