Brian Wilson MLA, Member of Assembly Environment Committee:
The figures presented to the Environment Committee today confirmed my worst fear and shows that bungalow blight is spreading like acne across our countryside. It is clearly providing a charter and a free for all for developers and speculators.
The figures show that in the past 2 years over 10,000 single dwellings have been approved with a planning success rate of 97% of total applicants.
It is clear that there is no control of development in the countryside and the hacienda on every hillside culture has been restored.
The lessons of Donegal have been ignored and our beautiful countryside which is a major tourist attraction is being destroyed. The potential for the development of tourism will be greatly reduced if such destruction of our countryside continues unabated.