Welcome for Planning Fees reduction proposal

Patsy McGlone
Patsy McGlone
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SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone has welcomed a proposed reduction in planning fee for applications.

The proposal was revealed by the Minister of the Environment in an Assembly written answer to a question from the Mid Ulster Assemblyman.

The proposals apply to applications submitted after the five year expiry date of a previous planning approval.

“Over recent years a number of my constituents have raised their concerns at having to pay the full fee when re-applying for planning approval after the five year expiry date,” said Mr McGlone.

“This has been an increasing problem due to delays in building projects caused by the worsening economic climate.

“Having raised this issue with the Environment Minister I welcome his response in the Assembly written answer.

The MLA said the proposal would remove “another obstacle” to the revival of building projects, as well as providing a boost to the construction industry.

“I look forward to the changes in the Planning Fees Regulations being introduced in the Assembly as soon as possible,” he added.

“All parties will, I trust, support the Minister in his attempt to reduce this burden on the construction industry and pave the way for our economic recovery.”