Work in Progress - Good Practice Guide – Planning Fraud Risks

In February 2022, the NIAO published a report on Planning in Northern Ireland.  Following a series of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearings, the PAC published its own report in March 2022, expressing concerns about the lack of transparency of the planning system and highlighted the importance of making planning decisions “within a framework of high ethical values”.

The purpose of this short Guide is to raise awareness across local government in Northern Ireland about what planning fraud might look like, the conditions that might give rise to planning fraud risks, and the controls that can be put in place to combat the risks. It is relevant for councillors, planning committee members and any staff within organisations who are involved in any way, no matter how small, in the planning process.

We aim to publish this report in March 2023.