Cllr Stewart Dickson said: “I am annoyed that the Minister is considering this measure. This would be a very negative and retrograde step in relation to the important issue of planning.
“This could deter people from looking at plans and if anything we should be helping the public to have an input in planning issues that affect them.
“As a party that has campaigned for the rights of third parties to appeal on planning we want to allow people to have more say these matters. Something like this being implemented would be a real blow to the public.”