INDEPENDENT planning experts have welcomed a move to open up dialogue with architects and others involved in house design.
Up to 60 architects, draftsmen and house designers attended a meeting called by Limerick County Council’s planning department.
Architect Michael Healy, who worked on the design of JP McManus’s €100 million mansion, said the group was able to put concerns by clients to the planners.
Mr Healy said: “This was a positive initiative from the council’s planning department to invite agents to a meeting. As a result it was decided that a group representing agents will meet regularly with planners to discuss issues when resolved and which would benefit the planning process.”
He said a forum would be set up at which agents and planners can discuss issues and give feedback.
Cllr Jerome Scanlan, a strong critic of the council’s planning department, said there was a problem with regard to getting planning for rural one-off houses in Co Limerick.
He said: “The planners are doing everything in their power to block one-off rural housing. There is a need for one-off rural housing and Limerick County Council are unreasonable in these planning applications.”
Cllr Scanlan claimed council bureaucracy was leading to unnecessary delays in processing planning applications. He added problems also arose where people apply for planning adjacent to a roadway.
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