planning has gone to Poots*


The news that Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister, Edwin Poots, is set to abolish the Planning Service and devolve planning to local councils is a shock to many.

The 11 council clusters that should be eleven separate councils by now... but for the failure of the Minister to bring forward the legislation.

The shock is made worse as he is basing this on the ‘eleven council’ model that should by now be being implemented under the Review of Public Administation.

Of course, this has not happened. And who is to blame for that? Why, none other than Mr Poots, the Minister, himself.

* cf councils delay has gone to Poots
Oct. 14.

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