41% of planin decisions are reversed on appeal by An Bord Pleanala

Over 41% of all planning decisions made by the local authorities in Kerry last year reversed on appeal by An Bord Pleanala.The figures are in the Annual Report for the appeals board which is published today. Kerry County Council made 4,110 planning decisions last year and 41.6% of these were reversed by An Bord Pleanala.This is the fourth highest reversal rate in the country.230 decisions were appealed to the board which accounts for more than 4% all appeals nationwide. A large number of variations were also made to decisions reached by Tralee, Listowel and Killarney Town Councils and Kerry County Council on planning matters.An Bord Pleanala is warning that our 14 billion euro road infrastructure is under threat from local authorities granting planning permission near strategic junctions. In its annual report, the planning board hit out at the willingness to allow major retail, commercial and residential projects locate near new national primary roads. An Bord Pleanala warns that if the current situation continues, new towns and developments will move to clog up by-passes which themselves will have to be by-passed. It also says it will add to our worsening urban sprawl problem.