The frequency of Planning Clinics which were introduced to give people a chance to engage directly with planning officers has been halved.

Previously held twice a month, they have now been cut back to only clinic per month.

However, councillors in the Municipal District (MD) of Donegal believe that demand for access to planning officers is still strong.

Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD Cllr Micheál Naughton (FF) raised the issue at the September MD meeting.

He said: “I came here last week and there was a queue out the door.

“There are huge issues with planning. It is vitally important especially now with the new County Development Plan in place. Architects and people involved in planning want to get a pre-planning meeting.

“Once a month is a long time and if someone is sick or can’t come it goes to two months. We need them at least twice a month in the municipal district.”

His fellow councillors agreed.

Planning officer Collette Beattie agreed to report back to planning officials on this and other matters raised at the meeting.

Clinics

Planning clinics in Donegal Town Public Services Centre for the rest of 2018 are scheduled for October 3, November 7 and December 5.

 

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