|Under the reform of local government, 11 new councils will be created.|
Environment Minister Edwin Poots yesterday announced his plans for the reform of local government, which will include reform of the planning system.
"Councils will no longer be consultees," said the minister. "They will be the planning authority - responsible for drawing up their own development plans and making the vast majority of planning decisions."
The proposals will now go to public consultation, with the new powers potentially available from 2012.
Find out more and download the consultation document via the DOE website - click here.