Sinn Féin - On Your Side

Special meeting to discuss response to draft planning policy

30 March, 2006

Sinn Féin MP's, MLA's, councillors and political activists from across the
Six Counties will meet at Stormont tonight, Thursday 30th, at 7pm in
Stormont to discuss the party's response to the new draft planning policy
(PPS 14).

Speaking ahead of the meeting Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty said:

"Right across our rural communities there is a huge concern about the
implications of this draft planning policy.

"No one living in our rural communities wants to see unsustainable
development that destroys our local environment but what we need is a
planning policy that means that in rural communities that there is room for
indigenous growth and particularly that addresses issues such as social
housing and affordable housing.

"We need planning guidelines that ensure there is a long-term future for our
rural communities.

"If planning policy undermines the viability of our rural communities there
will be a knock on effect on our schools, our hospitals and the economy. The
rural way of life will be threatened.

"Sinn Féin will looking to engage with people across our rural communities,
at local government level and directly with British direct rule ministers to
ensure that there is a solution that means that in areas, particularly west
of the Bann, that we can build for the future. This means that we must
address the under investment in the infrastructure and the policy agenda
that has discriminated against all communities west of the Bann." ENDS

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