An Bord Pleanala to be asked to explain planning decisions:
The chairman of An Bord Pleanala is to be invited to Donegal to justify and explain a recent decision to refuse planning permission for a major retail development in Donegal Town.
Tabling the motion in Lifford, yesterday, Clr Sean McEniff said the overturning of planning permission on numerous developments in Donegal by the Board was costing the county much needed employment.
Employment is needed, but, and this is a big but, it's gotta be part of developments that are sustainable and won't be regretted in 5, 10, or 20 years.
Clr McEniff said that An Bord Pleanala is going against the wishes of Donegal county council and the county development plan and is damaging smaller urban centres.
What? The Donegal County Council seems to do what it wants and ignores its own planners! It seems to make decisions for short-term gain and not consider the long term consequences. If it wasn't for the Government and bodies like An Bord P. the county would be awash in even more friggin' holiday homes! And I'll be more than happy to be proved wrong!
Also, interesting discussion about Holiday Home blight here:
Development plans for Derrybeg:
Donegal County Council has agreed to part fund an new 8 million euro development which will see the construction of a Library, Creche and Cinema on the Derrybeg industrial estate.
Aye, I know Derrybeg isn't that close, but a 8 million development is pretty substantial! But, is a Cinema needed? Does anyone still go to the cinema? How many of you do drive up to Letterkenny to the cineplex or to the Cinema in Ballyshannon? I'm just thinking that Cinemas might be a bit of a thing of the past, and maybe what people, or least young un's might be better off with a decent and cheap internet access? I do like going to a nice Cinema, but it seems these days I do that about once or twice a year.
What do you think? Come on comments please! :)
Also, some interesting pics here of Lough Eske Castle:
Taken by Pitmatic on Flickr.
The castle is going to become a new luxury hotel, I think Lough Eske really needs another luxury hotel. Too bad, that Harvey's didn't originally build at the castle. But, I'll be interested to see how it turns out, and if the wee roads out there will handle the traffic?
Also, didn't the gun club used have land or go shooting down at the Church of Ireland end? I wonder if they'll be hunting yuppie out there in a year or two. ;)