Tuesday 24 October 2017

Paul Melia: We're back to where we started as cash-saving bid backfires

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

THE Government's decision to save money by having Department of the Environment officials investigate allegations concerning planning in local authorities has backfired horribly.

Instead of moving to a place where the planning system has been reformed, and the mistakes of the past consigned to history, we are right back where we started in June 2010.

Suggestions that planning rules are not being followed, that developers have too much of a say in what constitutes proper development and that allegations of corruption are still not dealt with years after first being made are hugely damaging, unfounded or not.

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