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Northern Ireland secretary promises action on departmental planning powers

Words: Roger Milne
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Karen Bradley has confirmed that the UK Government will table legislation soon to allow civil servants to determine key projects, including infrastructure schemes.

This move was promised as the political impasse at Stormont continues with no ministers available to make key decisions

The Northern Ireland secretary said measures would be introduced in the UK Parliament once the party conference recess ended early next month.

She insisted that the current lack of ministerial decision-making was “holding Northern Ireland back”.

“Construction projects worth up to £2 billion are at risk due to the lack of key planning decisions, including plans for a new £30 million quay for cruise ships, a new £175 million transport hub for Belfast, a £280 million power plant, the North-South electricity interconnector worth around £200 million and a £50 million office block at Belfast Harbour.”

Bradley has promised consultation on the measures before they are introduced.

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