Boylan: ‘Planning process must be speeded up ‘

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Friday, February 24th, 2012
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Planning Cathal Boylan MLA has called for a change in planning processes to improve the speed and efficiency of planning services. Mr Boylan, a member of the Assembly’s Environment Committee, has said that he believes planning applications should be reallocated in a much faster time-frame in the event of staff absences. Speaking to Newry Times, Mr Boylan said, “Previously it would have taken two weeks to transfer a case if a member of staff was off sick or on leave. This will now be shortened to one week and I am glad that the Department of Environment has accepted this recommendation from the committee. The reduction in reallocation time from two weeks to one will have a positive impact on those waiting for planning approval and, at the same time, could make planning services more efficient.” Boylan added, “In addition, this will have a positive impact on the construction industry allowing developments to start quicker and in turn increase job opportunities.”
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