On this page you will find featured government consultations that are currently running.
Consultation on proposals to reduce number of uninsured drivers
The Department of the Environment is seeking your views on new proposals to tackle insurance costs by reducing the number of uninsured drivers.
Under the proposed Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) scheme, it would be an offence to be the keeper of an uninsured vehicle, rather than just to drive when uninsured. It is proposed that the CIE scheme for Northern Ireland would operate in the same manner as it currently operates in Britain, that is:
- The vehicle register would be compared on a monthly basis with the Motor Insurance Database (MID) to identify those vehicles for which there is no SORN and which are not recorded on the MID as being covered by a policy of insurance.
- The registered keeper of any vehicles identified as potentially not covered will be sent a letter warning them that their vehicle does not appear to be insured.
- The next stage would be to run a further comparison of the vehicle register and the MID.
- The registered keeper of any vehicles still apparently uninsured (and not the subject of a SORN) will then be sent a fixed penalty notice.
- If a vehicle remains uninsured, despite the issue of both a warning letter and a fixed penalty notice to the registered keeper, the vehicle will become liable for further enforcement action including immobilisation (clamping), removal, and in appropriate cases disposal. Additionally the registered keeper would be liable to court action for the new offence of being the keeper of an uninsured vehicle.
You can find out more about the consultation, including how to respond on the DOE website at the link below.
Deadline for response - 29 July 2014
Consultations on proposals to increase the supply of affordable housing
The Department for Social Development and the Department of the Environment are seeking your views proposals to increase the supply of affordable housing.
The DSD consultation Developer Contributions for Social and Affordable Housing sets out the policy behind developer contributions and seeks your views on the introduction of such a policy in Northern Ireland and on the suggested level of contribution. The DOE consultation on the ‘Draft Planning Policy Statement 22 (PPS22) ‘Affordable Housing’, details how developer contributions could be delivered.
Both consultations should be considered alongside each other.
The proposed system of Developer Contributions for Social and Affordable Housing will require planning authorities in Northern Ireland to seek contributions from developers for affordable housing, as a proportion of all newly-proposed housing developments above a threshold number of dwellings – a system already in place in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. These contributions will either be in the form of:
- Housing units on-site
- Housing units off-site
- Housing Units and Commuted sums
- Commuted Sums
You can find out more about the DSD consultation on Developer Contributions, including how to respond on the DSD website at the link below.
The draft Planning Policy Statement (PPS) 22: Affordable Housing sets out draft planning policy for securing developer contributions towards affordable housing.
The draft policy sets a requirement for all development applications containing five housing units or more on sites outside land zones for social housing, the planning authority must seek the provision of affordable housing and/or commuted sums, according to the targets set though the DSD Developer Contributions for Affordable Housing draft policy paper.
You can find out more about the DOE consultation on draft Planning Policy Statement (PPS) 22: Affordable Housing, including how to respond on the DOE website at the link below.