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Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Protection of Quarry and Construction Industries (15 Nov 2010)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for his intervention, and I understand that that is his party’s number one priority. I was merely responding to an issue that was interjected —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: PPS 4: Economic Development/ PPS 16: Tourism (23 Nov 2010)

Edwin Poots: As the Member well knows, there is a judicial review in relation to that application, which constrains us from getting into the detail of it.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Local Government and Planning Reform (30 Nov 2010)

Edwin Poots: All that I can say to the Member is that her party is part of the Executive. Therefore, if there is gridlock or a problem, perhaps her party representatives should ensure that that is not the case.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Flagpoles (30 Nov 2010)

Edwin Poots: My Department has not received any planning applications for flagpoles on council, Housing Executive or Department for Regional Development (DRD) land in the past two years.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Heritage Sites: Safety (30 Nov 2010)

Edwin Poots: I ask the Member to write to me on that issue, and I will have the matter investigated. If there are any safety issues, we will address them.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Planning: Replacement Dwellings (30 Nov 2010)

Edwin Poots: We have talked about consistency throughout. I recognise that it is a new policy and that not every planning officer may interpret it in exactly the same way. We proposed the meeting to ensure a more consistent interpretation of planning policy.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Coastal Planning (30 Nov 2010)

Edwin Poots: Development plans extend to the low watermark taking in the coastal area. In addition, my Department is committed to having an integrated marine plan for Northern Ireland in place by 2014, which will also address issues relating to the coast.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Goods Vehicle Licensing (30 Nov 2010)

Edwin Poots: The Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) Act (Northern Ireland) 2010 became law on 22 January 2010. A programme plan was developed on the basis of a two-year implementation period. An implementation team has been in place since April 2010, and there is no delay in the programme. It is expected that the Act will be operational by early 2012.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Planning Applications (30 Nov 2010)

Edwin Poots: Staff reduction and relocation were done out of necessity, not desire. That will not have had a positive impact on dealing with the backlog of planning applications. However, we are, or have been, dealing with more planning applications. Therefore, the backlog has been reduced.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Planning Bill: First Stage (6 Dec 2010)

Edwin Poots: I beg to introduce the Planning Bill [NIA 7/10], which is a Bill to make provision in relation to planning; and for connected purposes. Bill passed First Stage and ordered to be printed.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Tourism (Amendment) Bill: Final Stage (14 Dec 2010)

Edwin Poots: I beg to move That the Tourism (Amendment) Bill [NIA Bill 30/09] do now pass.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Planning Bill: Second Stage (14 Dec 2010)

Edwin Poots: It is a Saturday and Sunday.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Planning Bill: Second Stage (14 Dec 2010)

Edwin Poots: Yes, and I am happy to give way to any Member who asks. Mr McCarthy asked me to give way during my opening statement.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Draft Planning Policy Statement 23 (Enabling Development) and Draft Planning Policy Statement 24 (Economic Considerations) (17 Jan 2011)

Edwin Poots: Since 1 October 2010, planning offices were advised that decisions on planning applications should no longer take that statement into account. Before October, the statement was still in place, and decisions on planning applications had, on some occasions, been considered. Therefore, in the absence of any individual legal judgement, such decisions remain valid.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Planning Bill (18 Jan 2011)

Edwin Poots: Yes, there is sufficient time for the Planning Bill to progress through all its stages before dissolution.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Vehicle Testing (18 Jan 2011)

Edwin Poots: I have no plans to consider privatisation of the vehicle testing scheme.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Planning Decisions (18 Jan 2011)

Edwin Poots: I will notify the Chairperson when I make decisions on article 31 applications.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill: Further Consideration Stage (7 Feb 2011)

Edwin Poots: I will indeed, but it might be Members’ constituents who get the bloody nose and, as a consequence, it will be an assault on Members, not an assault on me.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Marine Management (8 Feb 2011)

Edwin Poots: I am in discussions with the Finance Minister on that issue, and I am very hopeful that it will not be a problem.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Area Plans (8 Feb 2011)

Edwin Poots: In September 2010, my Department requested that the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) hold an independent examination to consider objections to the draft plan. The commission has not as yet formally indicated a start date for the examination, the timing of which is for it to determine.


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