OFMdFM uses the new Entreprise Zones to effect another power grab on Planning….

So, the original intention of the planning bill was to transfer it out of Stormont’s control and pass it back to local councils. Except that an amendment to come before Stormont in session that starts at 12 noon (viewable here) will see OFMdFM appropriate control over planning in the Entreprise Zone…

The zones would be administered by the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM). In effect, it would mean Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness would be in charge of planning in certain areas, rather than Mr Attwood.

Mr Attwood said he would not support the proposed changes to planning law. The SDLP member added that he did not think OFMDFM should act as a “planning authority”.


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