Council reveals drastic fall in planning applications last year

THE number of planning applications received by Leitrim County Council last year fell dramatically compared to 2009.

THE number of planning applications received by Leitrim County Council last year fell dramatically compared to 2009.

Just 348 applications were lodged with the planning authority last year compared with 504 in 2009. The drop in the number of applications will come as no surprise with the down turn in the economy, the surplus of houses in the county and also the very controversial T90 tests which were introduced last year.

The EPA codes of practise issued by the Department of Environment in January 2010 was called "the most serious issue to affect the people of Co Leitrim" at last month's Leitrim County Council. This new test which deemed 85-90% of the the county's soil "ineligible for development" no doubt turned off perspective residents from submitting planning applications to the County Council.

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