New planning guidelines could allow roadside development

Strict rules governming developments beside national primary and secondary routes could soon be relaxed. New guidelines are being discussed which could provide opportunties for new developments to be undertaken.

North West MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher says the discussions on planning policy and roads could end an anamoly whereby development proposals, even on lighly trafficked roads in Donegal, are automatically blocked by the National Roads Authority.

Mr Gallagher says this allow much vacant land around Donegal to be used.