Re: Re: unauthorised development

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Guess they shouldn’t have signed the letters!!! There deffinitly seems to be more than a bit of a problem here with retrospective permission applications and the ammount of refusals for permissions for retention. I think a lot of developers know that 99% of the time ifthey get it built they will be let keep it. The comference centre being a prime example. and probably one of the largest scale examples but this kind of crime[/U is rampent at a smaller scale. The example cited above is an example of how ludicrous the system is and the perception of how incignificant the having of permission is to some that after doing wrong then taking legal action against the good citizen who reported the crime for what?reporting him!! -ridiculous.

I personally think that even the submissions against permissions at local authority level shoud be anonomous as I know that especially in tighter knit communities objections can be taken too seriously and locals are less lightly to object in case of stepping on neighbours/employers/families toes. this doesn’t make for a healthy planning system. Recently looking at an application for a one off house in rural donegal I noted that 100% of the objections against it except for one by an taisce were by non-local people who either holiday there and/or own second homes there and saying this there was a sizable ammount of objections. I don’t believe the reason for this is apathy on the part of locals.

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