Planning will now be based on ‘need, not greed’

LEITRIM County Council is taking steps to ensure the unchecked building boom of the past decade will never occur again with proposed rezoning of large tracts of land currently earmarked for residential development as part of the County Development Plan, writes Leonie McKiernan.

LEITRIM County Council is taking steps to ensure the unchecked building boom of the past decade will never occur again with proposed rezoning of large tracts of land currently earmarked for residential development as part of the County Development Plan, writes Leonie McKiernan.

LEITRIM County Council is taking steps to ensure the unchecked building boom of the past decade will never occur again with proposed rezoning of large tracts of land currently earmarked for residential development as part of the County Development Plan, writes Leonie McKiernan.

A spokesperson for Leitrim County Council has confirmed the local authority is preparing a draft variation to the County Development Plan. The Council are legally required to change the County Development plan to bring lands zoned for housing developments into line with population targets set out in the Regional Planning Guidelines. The Draft variation will be presented to the Council members at the Council’s April meeting next meeting.

Speaking to the Leitrim Observer this week, Independent Councillor, Enda Stenson acknowledged that planning “mistakes had been made that should not have been made”.

“With the benefit of hindsight,” he admitted, “if this was done 10 years ago we probably wouldn’t have the problems we have today.”

He acknowledged that everyone involved in the planning process must bear some of the blame for past mistakes councillors right through to planning officials, developers and past County Managers.

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