The Minister of Environment, Mark H Durkan, has now agreed to provide the full level of grant aid due this year for our independent Planning Advice and Capacity Building service. This news was enthusiastically welcomed at our Annual General Meeting held today and we now want to thank all our members, groups we work with and the many other people who have supported the case for our funding throughout this year.
Expressions of support and the high regard groups have for the quality of the advice services we provide had a huge impact on the Minister’s decision. It was also significant that support came from all communities and all parts of the region and from across the entire political spectrum. We are determined to continue to provide advice and support to those who would not otherwise have access to impartial professional planning services and we look forward to benefitting from the continued support of the groups and people we help.