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Part of Ministerial Statement – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 1:00 pm on 11th May 2009.

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Photo of Roy Beggs Roy Beggs UUP 1:00 pm, 11th May 2009

The Minister wants planners to give greater weight to economic considerations when it is appropriate to do so. He says that developers, agents and representatives need to lobby to make their case. The Minister remains active on Belfast City Council’s planning committee, and he lobbies on individual cases. Does the Minister recognise that he is putting planners in an impossible situation in that they may not be giving what he considers to be appropriate weight to the views of their Minister?