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Claim that many planning appeals are vexatious

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae

MOST planning objections and appeals lodged with An Bord Pleanála are vexatious and people are experiencing serious problems obtaining permission to build one-off houses in Kerry or other parts of rural Ireland, a Kerry TD has complained.

Many of those hoping to build their own home can get over all the hurdles, provide further information when sought and have their permission duly granted by the local authority only for the application to be appealed to An Bord Pleanála, Deputy Danny Healy-Rae has pointed out.

“It is now the case that 90 per cent of decisions appealed to An Bord Pleanála are overturned, even if the inspector who comes down is of the view that the permission should be upheld,” he said.

“What do the members of the board do? These are people who have never been down in Kerry but refuse the permission”.

Many who secured planning permission now find that their time is running out because they were not able to build during the pandemic

Deputy Healy-Rae said people that received planning permission could always obtain extensions of five years for one-off housing but that option is now being ruled out.

He asked the minister to reconsider that matter because many people who secured planning permission now find that their time is running out because they were not able to build during the coronavirus pandemic or because they were not able to get loans, for one reason or another.

“Work has not been great and some were not able to get going. Such people now face another conundrum because materials have become so expensive that many will not be able to start building their houses for the foreseeable future.

“There is also a scarcity of contractors. There are many different problems,” Deputy Healy-Rae stated.

“These sites are for themselves. They are not sites for sale or anything like that but sites to build a house on for people want to put a roof over their own heads and young couples want a place to rear their families”.