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Edwin Poots: I do not have any immediate plans to introduce a levy on plastic bags.
Edwin Poots: I will discuss the finalisation of PPS 21 with the Executive subcommittee on the review of rural planning policy. The final version will be in place after it has been agreed by the Executive.
Edwin Poots: I am grateful for the opportunity to make a statement on the local government reform programme and on my intention to launch a short period of stakeholder engagement on the economic appraisal — [Interruption.]
Edwin Poots: Established residential areas are neighbourhoods, including towns, villages and smaller settlements, which are dominated by medium- to low-density single-family housing. A full definition of that is set out in annex A to the draft addendum.
Edwin Poots: There will be a new permitted change of use of an agricultural building to a use for making products grown on the farm, farm shops selling local produce and for storage and distribution uses. We are prepared to listen to any reasonable case that is put forward during the consultation process for other sectors of agriculture.
Edwin Poots: It is my intention to introduce the local government reorganisation Bill to the Assembly by May 2010, subject to Executive agreement.
Edwin Poots: In the past three years, my Department received 17 planning applications, including some for apartments on North Road in Carrickfergus. Of those 17, 11 have been determined, with nine applications approved and two refused.
Edwin Poots: I have no immediate plans to decide whether to introduce a levy on plastic bags.
Edwin Poots: I thank the Committee for the views that have been expressed. Question put and negatived. Clause 50 disagreed to. Clause 51 ordered to stand part of the Bill.
Edwin Poots: I have nothing further to add, other than to thank the Committee for its support.
Edwin Poots: Will the Member give way?
Edwin Poots: I thank Members for their contributions to the debate. It is particularly relevant that Mr Ford could not find anything negative to say. That is significant and demonstrates the unanimity that has been achieved.
Edwin Poots: We will commit ourselves to ensuring that the report is fully considered in the context of international developments. I welcome the opportunity to discuss the issue today.
Edwin Poots: Again, that issue is really one for DARD and the Rivers Agency. We consult DARD to identify the areas that are subject to flooding and it passes the information on to us; we make planning decisions and DARD make recommendations to do with flooding issues.
Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Speaker; will you clarify to the House how, under the Members’ code of conduct, a complaint can be brought forward against a Member who has withheld information from the police that may lead to the prosecution of paedophiles?
Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for his point. The rapid rise in the population of foxes could cause problems for people with free range chickens, a considerable number of sheep or during lambing season.
Edwin Poots: We do not intend to consider that issue. However, we await the consultation process, and should the subject be raised regularly, we will look at whether it can be addressed. At this time, it is not our intention to deal with roots.
Edwin Poots: The Bill deals with the issue of light. Therefore, the legislation will deal with hedges that cause a problem with the light that enters people’s homes and property.
Edwin Poots: The Member’s comments on the Equality Commission’s interference in the democratic process are noted. The d’Hondt mechanism was put in place, but the SDLP does not want it to be used when it does not suit its members. If that is the SDLP’s new policy, we would all be interested to hear confirmation of that.
Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I have specific instructions to remain seated when moving the amendments. Perhaps the Speaker will provide clarification on that.