Revitalise: Third Party Rights of Appeal

Declan Allison

28 February 2017

The right to participate in the planning system is vital to democracy.

This should include the right to challenge a decision to approve development. Currently the only right of appeal in our system lies with the applicant if they have been refused. Developers have two chances to get the outcome they desire, whereas objectors only have one. Third-party Rights of Appeal were voted for by a majority of MLAs in 2011, but the DUP used its veto in the Assembly. The people want the right to challenge poor planning decisions, and we demand that the next Assembly grants them this.