Planning board says vehicle recycling centre can stay in Bonagee

Controversial plans for a change use from industrial unit to end of life vehicle and scrap metal recycling facility in Letterkenny have been given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanala.

There was a similar type application from Kelvin McElhinney in 2010. On that occasion, permission was granted for retention, but overturned by An Bord Pleanala in February of last year.

Another application was again approved by the council for a change of use, despite an objection from the Letterkenny Tidy Towns committee.

It was claimed at the time, that the site in question had been operated in an untidy state since 2010, and does nothing to enhance the town, while in another submission, former Councillor Neil Clarke said he finds it unusual that the applicant has continued to operate from the site after being previously refused planning permission.

A total of six parties opposed the council’s decision, these include former Green councillor Neil Clarke.

An Bord Pleanala says the development can go ahead subject to a number of conditions mainly relating to public health and the visual impact of the amenity.