Plan­ning is­sues in ru­ral Ire­land un­re­solved

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

FIANNA Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Marc Mac Sharry has blasted the govern­ment for block­ing leg­is­la­tion which aims to ad­dress plan­ning per­mis­sion is­sues in Leitrim, Sligo, Done­gal and Roscom­mon.

Changes to plan­ning laws some years back, fol­low­ing an EPA rul­ing on wa­ter pol­lu­tion, have ef­fec­tively im­posed a ban on ru­ral plan­ning in all of County Leitrim and many other ar­eas in the North West, it is be­ing claimed.

“In re­cent years count­less peo­ple have been blocked from re­al­is­ing their dream - and their right - to be able to build a home in their lo­cal area be­cause of the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the rules.

“The ab­sence of ba­sic com­mon sense and flex­i­bil­ity has pre­vented the use of tech­no­log­i­cal solutions ca­pa­ble of deal­ing with ap­pro­pri­ate ef­flu­ent treat­ment where per­co­la­tion is chal­leng­ing due to soil type. This Bill, which I sup­port, aims to right that wrong. True to form, how­ever, the govern­ment’s con­tempt for the peo­ple of our re­gion is borne out with its mind­less op­po­si­tion to this leg­is­la­tion, which pro­vides work­able solutions for ru­ral dwellers.

“A pro­posed re­vised Code of Prac­tice by the EPA is put on the never, never.”

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