Calls for €20 fee to be dropped for submissions on planning applications

The European Commission is asking the Government to drop the 20 euro fee charged when members of the public make submissions on planning applications. The commission says the charge is inappropriate and a breach of EU Directives. Community and environment groups have been rallying behind Brussels.Tony Lowes with friends of the Irish Environment says the fee should be dropped to allow for a wider spectrum of submissions to be made. He says these submissions make for better planning decisions. Councillor Michael Cahill believes the fee should be increased in order to curb nuisance objectors. He says it`s still considerably cheaper to lodge an objection to an application than submit a planning application.