The Head of Planning Performance and Improvement presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated. He advised that the purpose of the report was to update and advise Members on the progress of the replacement NIPP project, the need for a new planning IT system for all Councils in Northern Ireland and to seek Members’ approval to the Memorandum of Understanding committing Council to this project so that a procurement exercise can commence.
The Chief Executive advised that a similar report would be presented to the other ten Councils during March following which the situation would be assessed at the end of the month.
Councillor McLaughlin enquired if it had been clarified which Council would lead the process.
The Chief Executive advised that the matter was currently with the Department with all Councils participating in the project and working through the process.
Recommended that approval be granted for Council to sign the Memorandum of Understanding that will commit Council to this project.