Planning report damning indictment of broken system, says Muir

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said the recent Public Accounts Committee report on planning is a “damning indictment of a broken planning system”. The North Down MLA said the report, entitled Planning in Northern Ireland, showed the urgent need to implement all its recommendations. They include establishing an independent review alongside the need […]

Planning review a massive missed opportunity, says Muir

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said the recently published review into Northern Ireland’s planning system is a massive missed opportunity. The North Down MLA added the Infrastructure Minister should re-consider her decision not to pursue numerous key changes recommended by many who responded to the consultation. The report on the review of the […]

25 more apartments for Holywood Town Centre over intensification of use, says Alliance

North Down Alliance representatives have expressed strong concerns about plans to build twenty five Apartments on the Downshire Road in Holywood. Plans submitted would see a Gospel Hall demolished to make way for a significant Apartment complex involving seven one bedroom and eighteen two bedroom Apartments. Commenting on the plans North Down Alliance MLA Andrew […]

Muir welcomes decision to grant planning permission for North-South Interconnector

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has welcomed the granting of planning permission for the North-South Interconnector. Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon gave the green light to the Northern Ireland part of the multi-million-pound project, which has already been okayed in the south. North Down MLA Mr Muir said it was welcome good news. “Increasing the […]

Muir: Major shake-up of Northern Ireland’s planning system required.

Alliance Infrastructure and Finance Spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has called for a major shake-up of the planning system in Northern Ireland, after it emerged that applications dating as far back as 2005 have been waiting almost 700 weeks for a ministerial decision. As a member of Stormont’s Infrastructure Committee, Mr Muir’s question to the Minister […]

Alliance takes McDonalds concerns to planning committee

East Belfast Alliance representatives will outline serious concerns over a planned new McDonalds at the Tesco Knocknagoney site at a Belfast planning meeting next week. Councillor Peter McReynolds and Chris Lyttle MLA have been working closely with residents over the past few months and will appeal to planners to listen to the growing fears over […]