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1,223 planning applications granted in County Monaghan in 2004

22 February, 2005

At the February monthly meeting of Monaghan County Council Sinn Féin Councillor Matt Carthy asked how many planning applications were received by the local authority in 2004.

In a written reply from the Director of Services, Paul Clifford, Cllr. Carthy was told that Monaghan County Council received 1,536 planning applications. Of these, 1,223 decisions to grant permission were issued and 123 applications were refused. 49 planning applications were withdrawn.

Speaking after the council meeting Cllr. Carthy said: "It is clear that significant development is taking place throughout County Monaghan. I certainly expect that 2004 levels will continue for this year and even beyond. It is therefore vital that appropriate services are put in place especially when large scale housing development is being considered. County Monaghan needs substantially more play parks in each electoral area and we also need enhanced leisure facilities for young and old alike."

Referring to the 123 decisions for refusal Cllr. Carthy claimed that improved pre-planning facilities could address many of the issues involved. He slammed the government‚s current policy of having an embargo on staff recruitment within local authorities. "It is clear to every one of us that has had dealings with Monaghan County Council's planning section that it is under staffed. Indeed, were it not for the efficiency of the current staff I feel we would be in a very difficult situation. I am calling on the government to lift their recruitment embargo in this instance" Cllr. Carthy concluded. ENDS

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