The PPSNI is the key document that guides the planning system in Northern Ireland. It sets out the policy framework for development in Northern Ireland, including the criteria for assessing planning applications and the objectives for sustainable development.
In terms of how to prepare a local plan, authorities should assess future needs and opportunities for their area, explore and identify options for addressing these, and then set out a preferred approach.
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is a systematic decision support process, aiming to ensure that environmental and possibly other sustainability aspects are considered effectively in policy, plan and program making.
The Planning Inspectorate deals with planning appeals, Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, planning permission, examinations of Local Plans and other planning-related and specialist casework.