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Sinn Féin welcome Independent Working Group report publication into planning

14 October, 2009 - by Cathal Boylan

Cathal Boylan, Sinn Féin spokesperson on planning, commenting on the

report of the Independent Working Group into outstanding issues

relating to Draft PPS 21, which has been posted on the Planning

Department website said;

‘Whilst the report is overdue, we welcome it’s publication as a positive step in the introduction of the building blocks that will ensure the sustainability of the wider rural community. The report recognises that the settlement pattern on the island of Ireland is clearly different from that of its neighbours, and that a ‘one size fits all’ policy will not facilitate the needs of our rural population.’

The Newry and Armagh MLA continued;

‘The report also acknowledges the wide variation of our rural landscape and its capacity to accommodate development, as well as recognising the different perceptions and attitudes towards rural housing in the North, especially between East and West of the Bann.’

‘The IWG clearly indicates that any policy must conform to the Regional Development Strategy, (RDS), and the opportunity exists through the formulation of a new Rural White Paper and the RDS to help identify areas for development.’

‘In conclusion, the report highlights the need for the Government departments of the DoE, DARD and DRD to work closely together to integrate a policy which will be to the benefit of the wider rural community and rural dwellers, and not just the farming community.’

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