Re: Re: A Strategic Development Zone at Knock,

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Local councillors have been asking council officials what can be done to prevent An Bord Pleanála refusing developments around the airport such as one by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

In June the board refused planning permission for the decentralised department office to be built on a site beside Knock airport.

The chief planning officer for Mayo County Council, Ian Douglas, has advised that “to avoid appeals of development to An Bord Pleanála, the most appropriate mechanism under the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2006 is the establishment of a strategic development zone”.

Onthejob. These are the reasons for trying to secure an SDZ, hardly the right ones. If they do try to push one through it will more than likely go before the bord and if they will not even approve a deceltrallised department office why would they approve this. I agree with you in relation to Hansfield, it was premature, especially considering the rail line to Navan has not even been approved yet.

The fact that it was approved is however gives no justification to doing the same thing at Knock. You can hide behind all the nationalist rhetoric that you like, but you still have not convinced me of Knocks national economic and social importance.

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