Research Papers 2013

Synopsis Here you will find a list of Environment Committee research papers published during 2013.

  • Approved Wind Farm Applications and Buffer Zones

    Reference: 143/13 - Date: 10/12/2013

    This paper paper was requested by the Environment Committee during its consideration of a wind inquiry. It is supplementary to the research paper “Wind Turbines: Planning and Separation Distances” and should be read in conjunction with it.

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  • Climate Change Legislation and Targets

    Reference: 135/13 - Date: 15/11/2013

    This paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee and gives an overview of legislation containing climate change targets in other jurisdictions throughout the UK, Europe and further afield. It gives a brief account of current commitments throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and considers in more detail the legislative targets in other countries.

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  • Wind Turbines: Planning and Separation Distances

    Reference: 128/13 - Date: 29/10/2013

    The following paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee. It gives a summary of the planning process for wind development and considers Planning Policy and Guidance in Northern Ireland in relation to separation distances of turbines from residential areas. It also gives an account of the situation in the rest of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Finally it gives examples worldwide where separation distances are more of an actual requirement.

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  • Local Government Audit in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

    Reference: 121/13 - Date: 03/10/2013

    This briefing is prepared for the Committee for the Environment. It seeks to facilitate the committee’s consideration of local government auditors in the United Kingdom devolved administrations, providing comparisons of their roles and responsibilities.

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  • Local Government Bill

    Reference: 120/13 - Date: 02/10/2013

    This paper gives a brief overview of the Local Government Bill as introduced to the Assembly on the 23rd of September 2013. It describes similar legislation in other jurisdictions and highlights potential areas for further consideration.

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  • Community Planning

    Reference: 119/13 - Date: 01/10/2013

    This paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee in relation to community planning and examples. It looks at the different definitions afforded to the term of community planning throughout England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and gives an overview of the legislative framework in these areas. Examples of community planning in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are explored, and where information is available, it gives the outcomes of the process and findings from any reviews conducted both at a local and national scale.

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  • Severance Scheme: Republic of Ireland

    Reference: 117/13 - Date: 30/09/2013

    In the Republic of Ireland, the severance scheme is called a retirement gratuity. It was introduced in 2002 based on service from 2000; however there was an ex-gratia payment payable for a maximum of 20 years’ service prior to 2000. In response to a request from the Environment Committee, this paper gives details on both schemes.

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  • Councillor Remuneration

    Reference: 116/13 - Date: 30/09/2013

    This paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee and gives details on the remuneration schemes for councillors in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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  • Comparison of the planning systems in the four UK countries

    Reference: 82/13 - Date: 19/06/2013

    This paper describes and compares the current land use planning systems operating in the four UK countries. In particular given the changes introduced by the UK Government that affect the system in England, it compares the extent to which similar changes have so far been made in other parts of the UK. It also describes future changes for each country that are in the pipeline.

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  • Carrier Bags Bill (2013)

    Reference: 81/13 - Date: 12/06/2013

    The following paper gives an overview of the Carrier Bags Bill as introduced to the Assembly on the 3rd June 2013. It considers the steps used to increase the Carrier Bags levy to 5 pence and extend it to cover low cost reusable bags. It also gives a summary of other bag levies and bans used in other countries.

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  • Anaerobic Digestion across the UK and Europe

    Reference: 52/13 - Date: 12/04/2013

    The following paper considers the use of anaerobic digestion in the UK and Europe. It explores the legislative framework in Europe and NI, and the current situation in the UK and NI in terms of AD plant development. While considering case studies from across the UK it looks to Europe to appreciate how the biogas industry and anaerobic digestion is facilitated. It concludes by discussing a number of considerations for NI.

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  • George Best City Airport Planning Application

    Reference: 51/13 - Date: 11/04/2013

    The following paper gives the chronological breakdown of the planning application process for the George Best Belfast City Airport (GBBCA). It considers the process from the initial planning application linked to the terminal extension, the extension of the runway, seats for sale and through to the delayed public inquiry.

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  • Access and Liability Briefing

    Reference: 20/13 - Date: 04/02/2013

    The following paper is the briefing given to the Environment Committee on Access and Liability legislation in Northern Ireland, and should be read in conjunction with the Research Paper Access to the countryside in Northern Ireland – occupiers’ liability (Paper 19/13)

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  • Access to the countryside in Northern Ireland – occupiers’ liability

    Reference: 19/13 - Date: 04/02/2013

    This briefing paper has been prepared in response to a request from the Environment Committee for information regarding occupiers’ liability in terms of access to the countryside. The paper provides a contextual look at this issue by providing an indicative list of key legislation, types of access land and the amount of publically owned land for outdoor recreation. Concerns and perceptions regarding occupiers’ liability are addressed and details on the actual number of claims made are provided.

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  • Planning Bill 2012

    Reference: 13/13 - Date: 25/01/2013

    This paper gives an overview of the clauses of the 2012 Planning Bill, and will return to some of the issues that were discussed during the consideration of equivalent provisions within the 2011 Act. It will also give a brief account of the new additions to the 2012 Bill that are not included in the 2011 Act.

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