The East Belfast Assembly Member stated: “I hope that common sense prevails and that the High Court overturns this disgraceful decision.
“It is in the public’s interests that plans should be published in the three big newspapers. There are many plans which affect people on a regional basis. For example, everyone in Northern Ireland should be kept well informed of planning matters concerning the proposed national stadium and large retail developments like Victoria Square.
“It is essential that the planning process is open and transparent. The government, in making this decision, are going against key principles which servants of the public should adhere to.
“I also wish to praise the three big newspapers here because they are currently publishing planning applications free of charge, as they believe they should do this to serve the best interests of public.”