Merit of Sec­tion 140 re­quests ques­tioned

COUN­CIL AN TAISCE AP­PEAL­ING NEARLY EV­ERY SEC­TION GRANTED

Bray People - - Council Report - Es­ther HAY­DEN

THE PRO­LIF­ER­A­TION of Sec­tion 140 re­quests be­fore Wick­low County Coun­cil led to some coun­cil­lors ques­tion­ing their merit at Mon­day’s meet­ing of Wick­low County Coun­cil.

There were three sec­tion 140 plan­ning mo­tions, which seek to di­rect the county man­ager, Ed­die Sheehy, to grant per­mis­sion against his bet­ter judge­ment, on the ta­ble and Cllr. John Byrne said that he had un­der­stood that there was a pro­ce­dure es­tab­lished that Sec­tion 140 mo­tions would be dealt with at area meet­ings and with the plan­ners. If th­ese dis­cus­sions failed to re­solve the is­sue only then would it come be­fore the mem­bers.

Cllr. Pat Vance said that the pro­ce­dural guide­lines hadn’t been ac­cepted in the south of the county and con­se­quently were not in force.

Cllr. Ge­orge Jones said that all three Sec­tion 140 mo­tions be­fore the coun­cil had third party sub­mis­sions from An Taisce and he won­dered how many of the Sec­tion 140 mo­tions that they had passed had been ap­pealed by An Taisce.

Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices, Des O’Brien, said in the past Wick­low County Coun­cil had a very strict view on what applications could be re­ferred to An Taisce but said that An Taisce then took two cases to An Bord Pleanala say­ing they should have been in­formed of the applications.

Now he said that any plan­ning applications that dealt with an area of spe­cial amenity were re­ferred to An Taisce.

He said that An Taisce is ap­peal­ing nearly ev­ery Sec­tion 140 mo­tion granted by Wick­low County Coun­cil and their con- cerns were be­ing up­held by An Bord Pleanala.

Cllr. John Ryan sug­gested that the pro­ce­dures be brought be­fore the coun­cil for dis­cus­sion and the mem­bers heard from Cllr. Vance how Wick­low County Coun­cil had more Sec­tion 140 re­quests than all the other lo­cal au­thor­i­ties put to­gether. ‘The Sec­tion 140’s are com­ing in too quickly and from the same ar­eas’, he said.

Cllr. Vin­cent Blake said that he was not aware that the south of the county had re­fused to adopt any Sec­tion 140 pro­ce­dures.

The coun­cil granted two of the Sec­tion 140 re­quests while the third one, per­mis­sion for a bun­ga­low at Ath­down, Manor Kil­bride in the name of Roisin Ward and Lorcan Clarke, was de­ferred un­til Oc­to­ber 5 be­cause of a con­cern about a traf­fic haz­ard.

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