10 Year Old Plan For Banbridge Still Not Published

A DOE plan, carried out in the 1990s, proposing a development strategy for Banbridge and Newry, has yet to be published.

The UUP’s Danny Kennedy criticised the excuses put forward in the past by officials for the delay in this. He stated that the current Minister is addressing this by bringing forward PPS21 (replacing the much debated PPS14) and is encouraged by lobby groups coming to put their case

Agreeing with Mr Kennedy that there were huge problems with planning permission in the past, Sinn Fein’s Mickey Brady said that PPS21 has gone some way to addressing this and that with the reform of local government, the responsibility will fall to the new super councils.

Have you had problems obtaining planning permission? How do you think things could be improved?

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