Sinn Fein released it's 2015 election manifesto today. It included the following commitments with respect to planning and the built environment. Planning powers are develoved in Nothern Ireland.
- Establish a body to access EIB funding for major infrastructure projects
- Invest in infrastructure to improve connectivity
- Enable to the Housing Executive to use it’s assets to borrow in order to finance a major house-building programme
- Remove the rates rebate on second homes
- Seek to introduce rent controls in the private rented sector
- Seek an immediate negotiation with the incoming British Government to secure a workable budget, including the reinstatement of £1.5bn in spending power to the budget to invest in public services and economic growth.
- Sinn Fein are calling for transfer of all economic and fiscal responsibility to the NI Executive and Assembly. To devolve tax rates and vary all aspects of those taxes (bands, base rates, exemptions) in order to build a fairer taxation system. Full control over income tax, national insurance, corporation tax, capital gains tax, and inheritance tax.
- Building the all-Ireland economy – proposals for integrated services and economy for Ireland (page 11)
- Grow the green economy to ensure we are at the forefront of renewable energy services and supplies.
You can read the full manifesto here
Our 'asks' to the incoming Government have been produced in the RTPI's 10 proposals for Planning in the next Parliament.