A motion that would have necessitated a change to the County Development Plan has been defeated at a meeting of Kerry County Council.
Independent councillor Johnny Healy-Rae had called for Kerry County Council to remove the need for the Occupancy Clause in the County Development Plan and for every planning application to be judged on its own merits.
He said the clause was ‘working to the advantage of the banks and not the property owners’.
Kerry County Council says the purpose of the clause is to preserve the limited available development opportunities for people with links to rural areas.
Only three members supported the motion.