Merit of Section 140 requests questioned
COUNCIL AN TAISCE APPEALING NEARLY EVERY SECTION GRANTED
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.