Ulster 'in front' on planning reform, say experts
Northern Ireland has taken a 'big bang' approach to planning reform compared to other parts of the UK, legal experts have said.
Lawyers from Pinsent Masons in Great Britain - who have advised on projects such as the London 2012 Olympic Park - said the pace of reform had been much faster in Northern Ireland.
More than 80 planners from the firm visited its Belfast office for a review of the team's work, which included discussions of devolution of planning to the new super-councils and how similar measures were performing in Scotland.
Derek Weir, who is the head of legal services at Queen's, said planning would be in "flux" as reforms bed in.