Responding to a reporter from The Planner, on the political parties' manifestos Mike Kiely, Chair of POS, said that the Society started over a year ago looking ahead to the elections this May.
Kiely indicated "We produced our manifesto 'Planning for a Better Future'. Our core message is that planning is key to meeting housing needs and delivering economic growth through the creation of sustainable development. We invited a new Government to work with us to build a more efficient and effective planning system."
Kiely continued "Our offer is to help ensure that a community's needs, particularly for housing, are met through the planning system. We consider that there are features of the current system that need refinement to ensure that they work better and serve our communities well. The current system of development plans, as introduced in 2004 and subsequently refined, is essentially sound but there are a number of areas where it could be improved."