Kerry County Council says planning needed for drainage works on wetlands

Kerry County Council says it has told three farmers that planning permission and screening for an Environmental Impact Assessment is required for drainage works on wetlands.

The local authority says the letters were sent in the past 12 to 18 months to the farmers planning to drain or reclaim such lands as it is required under planning legislation.

The council said the letters were issued in response to complaints it received.

Speaking to the Irish Farmers’ Journal, one of the farmers, who didn’t want to be named, said the council has overstepped the mark adding that planning shouldn’t be needed to clear existing drains.