Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Councils & Planning - Who pays?

With the announcement that the Planning Process is now going to be managed by Local Councils, can someone who knows more about it than me explain what this means financially for rate payers?

I understand that the staff cost will be met by the council so I assume that this cost will be transferred out of the NI Budget where it is currently met? If so, how is this going to work? Surely this only works if the costs are met entirely and continually, otherwise won't Council have to raise rates to cover the increase in cost?

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