Local Government

Council criticised for delay over planning enforcement case

December 8, 2021

We asked Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council to take a number of learning points from our investigation into the way it dealt with a complaint that a wind turbine breached planning control.

Ombudsman criticises Council’s record keeping over planning application for heat and power plant

July 5, 2021

Derry City and Strabane District Council has been criticised for not making contemporaneous records  over whether to carry out a Habitat Regulation Assessment during a planning case.

Ombudsman critical of council’s handling of planning application.

April 29, 2021

We found that failings by Ards and North Down Borough Council resulted in delays to a golf club’s planning application.

Council apologises to complainant over handling of planning application

March 29, 2021

We reminded Mid and East Antrim Borough Council of its record keeping responsibilities following our investigation of a complaint brought by an MLA.  We also asked it to consider developing a formal policy around the role of public representatives in the planning process.

Investigation into Council’s enforcement action

January 25, 2021

We investigated a complaint about the way Belfast City Council dealt with claims of a breach of planning control.

Investigation into the handling of a planning application by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

July 20, 2020

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council failed to provide an applicant with the reasons why its Planning Committee deferred a decision on his planning application.  An Ombudsman’s report was also critical of excessive delays when responding to the applicant’s concerns.

Recommendations made to Council after failures found in handling of planning case

January 8, 2020

The Ombudsman has criticised aspects of the way Mid & East Antrim Borough Council handled a planning application for an update of existing sports facilities at St Patrick’s College, Ballymena.

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Investigation finds planning application was not properly considered

October 3, 2019

The Ombudsman has found that an application to build a residential nursing home in County Down was, in part, incorrectly assessed by planners.

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Ombudsman critical of Council’s record-keeping during planning case

October 3, 2019

The Ombudsman has upheld a complaint about the way planning officials within Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council dealt with changes to a planning application for a new dwelling.

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Council dealt appropriately with planning application – Ombudsman

February 26, 2019

An investigation by the Public Services Ombudsman has found that Mid & East Antrim Borough Council dealt properly with a planning application for a house extension, despite objections from the applicant’s neighbours.

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