Planning change no substitute for RPA
Sinn Féin MLA and spokesperson on planning, Cathal Boylan, has stated that the new planning proposals from the Environment Minister, Edwin Poots, is a piece meal approach and no substitute for implementing RPA in full.
Speaking today Mr Boylan said:
“Edwin Poots, as Environment Minister, first and foremost must implement the RPA. While he has proposed that he will transfer the powers on planning to local councils this is in no means a substitute for him not realising RPA, indeed it is a piecemeal approach that presents uncertainties for local councils.
“It is abundantly clear that the full benefit of any new planning arrangements in local government will not be achieved unless the RPA is taken forward in full.
“This will allow for the radical change that is needed for efficiencies and protections at local government level that would be needed for planning powers to be transferred.
“Action to give effect to RPA would bring significant benefits including the economic savings and this must be the Ministers priority.”