Seán O Fearghaíl TD voicing concerns about high rates of refusals for once off housing in Kildare
A Co Kildare TD says that he has 'ongoing concerns' at planning refusals for once off housing in Co Kildare.
Ceann Comhairle Seán O Fearghaíl TD said: "I have proven with statistics for the first three months of this year in counties Louth, Meath, Laois, Offaly and Carlow that Kildare with a refusal rate of 56% is more than three times higher than the next highest refusal rate which in Meath, stands at 17% for the same period."
He said: "I am calling on all Councillors to ensure that the integrity and purpose of the County Development Plan and the National Planning Policy is respected and that the rural residents of County Kildare are treated with the positivity to which they are entitled."
Damien English T.D. Minister for Housing and Urban Development, responding to a letter to Deputy O Fearghaíl, said: "Kildare County Council has advised that for example, many of those recently refused planning permission had not engaged with the Planning Authority in any pre-planning and that some included repeat applications where refusals of planning permission had already been issued in respect of the same site.Notwithstanding the above, if it remains a concern that there are inconsistencies in the formulation and/or application of local planning policy in Kildare, particularly if considered to be systematic in nature, I would draw your attention to the recent establishment of the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR), whose remit includes the investigation of such matters."