Ministerial Statement on the Planning Bill
Published on Mon, 28 Oct 2013
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan, told the Assembly on 22 October that he had decided not to move the Planning Bill to Further Consideration Stage either now or in the future.
The Minister confirmed that since taking office he had met, listened to and fully considered the views of a number of stakeholders on the Bill. He detailed his legal, procedural and evidential concerns on the amendments made at Consideration Stage in respect of Economically Significant Planning Zones and the restriction of the right to judicial review certain planning decisions. Having reflected at length on the intent of the Bill, the purpose of the significant amendments and the legal advice obtained by his predecessor, the Minister announced that he had decided not to move the Bill to Further Consideration Stage. The Minister also reiterated his commitment to continue to reform the planning system.
The Official Report of the Statement dated 22 October 2013 can be read on the NI Assembly’s Website.