Anna Lo said: “There needs to be stringent measures put in place on planning to adequately protect the environment. I am proposing a motion in the Assembly tomorrow which aims to ensure that residential planning laws are strong enough to protect the character of neighbourhoods and allow for mixed housing.
“We are keeping the pressure on the Environment Minister to deal with the current planning chaos that exists and we will continue to push the Executive to get back to work. Our countryside remains one of our most valuable tourism resources. In order for this asset to be protected, PPS 14 must be implemented quickly. This measure is essential in order to make sure that we will not suffer a bungalow blitz.
“Obviously, we will take into account the need of people who live in the countryside, but we can not allow over-development as it would seriously damage the environment.
“We plan to talk to the other main parties in the coming weeks to address the Executive’s failure to tackle segregation and to get them to do more to protect the environment through appropriate planning measures.”