Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Lord Mayor Arder Carson opens new planning office on his first day

By Kirsten Elder

New Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Arder Carson carried out his first official engagement today.

The Lord Mayor officially opened the new Belfast Planning Service Office in the city centre. 

The new Belfast Planning Service office will be open to the public and allow applicants to pick up planning application forms, submit them, pay fees and check up on the progress of their application.

The office is now responsible for making decisions on the majority of planning applications for the city.

 “With planning staff the Department of the Environment having transferred to Belfast City Council, bringing their expertise and experience with them, we’re confident of ensuring continuity of value-for-money services to all of our residents, including those joining us from the old Castlereagh, Lisburn and North Down council areas, from day one,” said Cllr Arder Carson, Lord Mayor

He added: “Our new planning responsibilities, including the development of a new local development plan, will enable us to shape how our city develops in the future, allowing us to target regeneration and development where it is needed…”

“In addition, our new community planning duties and the further urban regeneration and community development responsibilities that are due to transfer from the Department for Social Development in April 2016, will strengthen our ability to shape our city to benefit everyone who lives, works, studies, visits and invests here.”

The new office is located on Linenhall Street in the Cecil Ward building and is open Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm.

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