SPA planning “worrying people”

Concerns at planning regulations relating to EU Special Protection Areas directives in rural areas were raised at Tuesdays meeting of Glenties Electoral Area.

Concerns at planning regulations relating to EU Special Protection Areas directives in rural areas were raised at Tuesdays meeting of Glenties Electoral Area.

Councillor Padraig O’Doherty said planning was “very important” and that new EU rules recently introduced will “impact on rural communities” and were “worrying people”.

Councillor Seamus O’Domhnail said the creation of new Special Protection Areas, SPA’s, was delivered with a “lack of public consultation” and he was calling for a meeting with Donegal County Council planners and the regional manager of the National Parks and Wildlife Department.

He used the example of a one family who purchased a plot of land for €60,000 so they could build a home on it in the future, yet they were refused planning because of the directive.

“The land was for the family to build a house on, it wasn’t for profit and when they applied there were told, ‘No buddy, you’ll not be building there’. There aren’t even any corncrakes there. The National Parks just take a straight line on this but peoples’ rights must be upheld and I have nothing against the Corncrake,” he stated.

Sinead McClafferty from the local area planning office said there has been new directives but they still assess each application on a “case by case basis”.