Paul Melia: Internal report falls woefully short of addressing problems
IT doesn't take a genius to tell us that our planning system is a mess. The bitter legacy of ghost estates and unoccupied shops and offices in every county is proof enough.
But what the Planning Review published yesterday doesn't tell us is who is to blame. It doesn't give an independent assessment of how the system works, and whether root and branch reforms are needed to make sure the mistakes of the past are never repeated.
It's a disappointing report, but not a surprise.