The following is the answer supplied to the planning question posed by Zak Hall (see previous post). Thanks to WRT for the info and link.

Answer: All those individuals and bodies whose responsibilities include the consideration and/or determination of planning applications have, in so far as I am aware, been mindful of my contribution to the budget debate and the draft Planning Policy Statement in the consideration of every application that has been considered since that date. However, the substance of that speech has only been material so far in regard to the determination of the application at Ballavartyn Equestrian facility, where in making it’s decision the Planning Committee has taken account of written advice on economic benefits provided by the Department of Economic Development, alongside other material planning considerations.

The Planning Application referred to is 12/00028/B Worth reading the detail in the Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting 16.04.12 Officers recommendation was refusal, but influence exerted by DOI representations for acceptance! It’s on Page 9


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