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Planning law changes may risk corruption

FOLLOWING Professor Geraint Evans' analysis of the proposed Planning Bill at Stormont (DebateNI, September 26), it is clear that there are practically no safeguards against future potential misuse of planning powers by OFMDFM.

When you add in the fact that party donations are to remain secret, the way is laid open to nepotism and bribery in a manner that the South experienced in the Haughey years (to their great cost).

Add to this the plan to devolve powers to local councils. The proposal to strip away the grounds for legal challenge to potential abuses means that corruption at all levels is almost inevitable.

I am not surprised that the DUP would embrace such ruthless legislation, but I am amazed that Sinn Fein, with their community base, would abandon such hard-won principles as openness and fair play.

LOU KEIR

Belfast

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