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We should Lamb-aste these Ridiculous Planners!

Posted on: March 22nd, 2007

A recent case highlighted in the press reached a new low in the area of planning. In County Wicklow a farmer objected to the erection of two new windows by a man in a house on the grounds the sheep might be looking in.

Some members of the Seanad thought that cows were the subject of the objection. It is possible cows had threatened to look in also but they were not included in the objection.

This appeal was sustained by An Bord Pleanála and when the houseowner offered to put in reinforced glass it was also turned down by the planners. Perhaps the reinforced glass would be a danger to the sheep. In any case, it was not considered to be in the interests of the sheep or the cows.

We have reached a ridiculous point in planning. Planners, particularly An Bord Pleanála, should be accountable to someone, perhaps this House. This is not the only case of animals being more important than humans in planning matters.