Council discussing planning issues at special meeting

Donegal County Council is meeting in special session this morning to discuss changes to planning regulations which will affect the County Development Plan.

The review of the plan has been out for public consultation, with Fianna Fail members fearing that the new regulations introduced by Environment Minister Phil Hogan may impact on the validity of the consultation process so far.

Cllr Dessie Larkin says the meeting is also likely to address the future of the council's planniong service, with suggestions that a sharp drop in the number of planning applications may lead to changes in how the planning department is structured, particularly in terms of how the service is provided in decentralised offices.

That's already being discussed with unions.

Cllr Larkin says at a time when morale is low in the planning department, today's discussions could prove significant............

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