Councillors frustrated with possibility of new planning regulator

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Councillors in Tipperary have expressed worry about the establishment of Office of a Planning Regulator at national level.

This could see local County Development Plans, which are voted on at local authority level by Councillors possibly over-ruled by this regulator.

The Bill is currently at 5th Stage in Seanad Éireann – meaning it is a foregone conclusion that it will be signed into law.

It’s already difficult for people to get planning permission for one-off rural homes, with a number of rules in place.

Cllr Martin Lonergan says he’s worried this will make it even harder for people in Tipperary to secure planning permission….