Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the announcement by Environment Minister Alex Attwood of a range of improvements that will speed up the planning process and reduce costs for applicants.
The improvements will mean that: many small shop and office owners will no longer need to apply for planning permission to extend their properties; documentation to accompany a planning application will be reduced resulting in less expense for applicants; and there will be much better control over demolition where works are likely to have significant effects on the environment.
Councillor Cunningham said: “These changes are aimed at improving the planning system by cutting red tape. By increasing the range of development that no longer needs planning permission it will be easier for owners of shops and offices to undertake minor building works such as small extensions to their property.
“This will help promote a speedier, more cost effective and more responsive service for everyone.”