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Planning delays threaten borough's development, warns architect

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A LOCAL architect has suggested the local economy will suffer unless inefficiencies in the planning system are addressed.

Last week the government released figures showing Causeway Coast and Glens planners take longer to process applications than anywhere else in Northern Ireland.

In response the council blamed delays on unprecedented levels of interest form developers and complexity surrounding applications for sites in the borough's many environmentally sensitive areas.

This week architect Murray Bell said that while the borough was indeed thriving, investment could be lost if improvements in the system aren't implemented.

“I think we need a creative planning system for a creative place,” he said.

Read the full story inside this week's Coleraine Chronicle.

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