The importance of the Planning Service to Inishowen has been highlighted at a Municipal District meeting this week, particularly in the context of the Mica crisis.
Cllr Martin Farren told the meeting that when the Covid crisis is over, it’s vital that a full time planner is returned to Inishowen.
He says the centralisation of planning to Lifford a number of years ago has not worked to Inishowen’s benefit, and given the number of applications being received locally, it’s clear that change is needed…….
Meanwhile, Cllr Martin McDermott, who chairs the council’s Mica Redress Committee says it’s vital that the planning section prepares for a large number of applications for temporary accomodation as Mica affected homes are demolished and replaced.
He says imagination will be needed both locally and nationally to ensure that the massive task of tackling Mica is not delayed by planning problems: