Tyrone Councils successfully challenge Planning Statement PPS 14 in Court
The Sinn Féin Chair of Omagh District Council Cllr Seán Begley has welcomed the decision of the High Court in Belfast today to grant leave of appeal to Omagh District Council, in conjunction with Cookstown and Strabane District Councils, to take a Judicial Review challenging Planning Statement PPS 14.
Cllr Begley who was in the High Court to hear the ruling said,
"Planning Statement PPS 14, if implemented in its current form, would sound the death knell of many rural communities throughout the north, but would have a disproportionately detrimental affect upon rural communities West of the Bann.
"Opposition to PPS 14 is massive and Omagh District Council, in conjunction with Cookstown and Strabane District Councils, were determined to explore every avenue available to us in fighting this piece of ill-conceived and draconian planning policy.
"Today's successful action in the High Court vindicates, in many ways, our campaign of opposition to PPS 14.
"The Court granted leave to appeal for a Judicial Review to be taken against the Department of Regional Development on the grounds that
(i) the Minister and the Department had no legal power to make planning policy,
(ii) That PPS 14 did not comply with the Regional Development Strategy and
(iii) was not consistent to the Development Planning Process i.e. no consultation
"It is clear from today's judgement major cracks are beginning to appear in the Direct Rule Administration's attempted strategy to foist PPS 14 upon our rural communities. ENDS