Belfast Telegraph, Irish News and News Letter lose Planning Service adverts

An interesting announcement today from the Planning Service, offically part of the brief held by David Cairns, MP [he wears some other hats too – Ed]. Apparently as a result of the review of advertising by the NIO, from 9 October Planning Service will no longer be paying to advertise in the Belfast Telegraph, Irish News and News Letter.. and they’ve revealed the new list of newspaper titles where adverts will be placed including, given recent events in the local media, some additions which may be of interest to certain individualsThe Planning Service statement

The Planning Service is changing the way it advertises planning notices in the Greater Belfast area.

From 9 October details of new planning applications received for the Belfast City, Castlereagh Borough and Newtownabbey Borough Councils areas will be published in local weekly papers.

A spokesperson for the Planning Service explained: “We are committed to providing an efficient and effective service to our customers. This change follows a review of government advertising policy and aims to ensure value for money. It brings planning advertising in Headquarters and Belfast Division into line with the other divisional offices around Northern Ireland which already advertise in local weekly papers.

“Planning issues have a strong local focus and it is important that information on applications is published in ways which can be accessed at a local level.

“We continue to use the Neighbour Notification Scheme. Details of all new applications are also available on the Planning Service website www.planningni.gov.uk .”

also reveals the list of outlets where those adverts will be placed in future…

1. The Planning Service will no longer be paying to advertise in the Belfast Telegraph, Irish News and News Letter. The weekly planning lists for the Belfast Divisional Planning Office will be published in the following titles from week commencing 9 October:

Belfast City Council area:

Andersonstown News
North Belfast News
South Belfast News
Belfast News
Community Telegraph (North)
Community Telegraph (South)
Community Telegraph (East/Central)
Castlereagh Borough Council area:
Belfast News
South Belfast News
Community Telegraph (East/Central)

Newtownabbey Borough Council area:
Newtownabbey Times.
North Belfast News
Community Telegraph (North)

2. Applications processed in Headquarters, which are of local relevance, will also be advertised in relevant local weekly newspapers.