Inquiry into Unadopted Roads in Northern Ireland (Terms of Reference)

For the purposes of the inquiry the following definition of an unadopted road is suggested:

An unadopted road is one where a street planning function has been exercised, a bond has been placed under the Private Streets (NI) Order 1980 and the Department is not satisfied that the street has been sewered, levelled, paved, channelled, made good and lighted. 

The Terms of Reference are defined as follows:

  • To identify the extent, types, distance and costs of bringing unadopted roads to a level where the Department is content to adopt.
  • To define the current processes required to ensure that undeveloped roads are constructed to a standard that allows for statutory adoption by the Department. 
  • To identify the key stakeholders in the above processes and all statutory and other processes and responsibilities they have accountability for.
  • To review the legislative processes in place within Northern Ireland to ensure that it meets with all EU and other jurisdictional and policy requirements.
  • To benchmark the Northern Ireland legislative processes against those currently in place in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.


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