The Northern Irish Independent Retail Trade Association has welcomed a government promise to give planning law its most radical shakeup in 30 years. Chief executive Bryan Gray said he hoped the proposals would create a more resilient planning process with policies closer to those of Britain, the Republic and the continent. He said: "However the time taken to implement these views is likely to be at least two years. The potential for further damage to Northern Ireland's retail structure in the interim is immense." Northern Ireland environment minister Sam Foster wants decisions to be made faster and with more community involvement. He said: "The planning process has not changed in almost 30 years. It is showing its age and is under pressure." {{NEWS }}