Belfast Telegraph reports that a house built without planning permission in a green belt has been destroyed.
It has taken 5 years to achieve resolution. It is also disturbing that the planners had to justify the removal of this illegal building in order to have it removed. Its illegality alone should have necessitated the removal. The article reports that the DoE is under increasing pressure to step up its enforcement activity, which is a good sign. However the department has rebuffed calls to criminalise those who refuse to obey the law. If we value our environment and heritage, it is time that unauthorised building and breaches of planning regulations were made criminal offences.
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