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End of the road for failed rural planning policy

15 April, 2008

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Rural Planning, Newry Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan has said that SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone should come clean and acknowledge that his party colleague Margaret Ritchie is part of the Executive sub-committee currently developing a replacement for the failed rural planning policy PPS14.

Mr Boylan said:

"Patsy really should know better than to try and spin this issue. The truth is that PPS 14 as introduced by direct rule Ministers through Jim Rooker is dead in the water.

"As chair of the Environment committee, of which I am vice-chair, Patsy McGlone knows what is happening with PPS 14. If he has been doing his job as an elected representative he should have been informing people to hold off with planning applications until the issue has been resolved, hopefully by the end of April - or for those caught in the net of the totally unacceptable PPS 14 policy, that there will be an opportunity to have the decision reviewed.

"All of the main parties are represented on the Executive sub-committee and involved in the review of PPS 14, including Patsy McGlone�s colleague Margaret Ritchie. I would hope the SDLP Minister has been as pro-active in trying to ensure a just and sustainable policy for the rural community as Conor Murphy, Michelle Gildernew and Gerry Kelly.

"PPS 14 is only in place temporarily because planning service needed a policy until the review is completed and a new policy is in place. For all intents and purposes the unacceptable Draft PPS 14 has been stopped and in a matter of weeks will be scrapped. That is a fact.

"Patsy McGlone and the SDLP need to grow up and stop trying to score cheap political points through a continual campaign negativity and disinformation." ENDS

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