Service to support small businesses and homeowners to appeal planning decisions needed

A Sligo/Leitrim TD is calling for the creation of a service which helps small business and homeowners to appeal planning decisions.

Fianna Fail deputy Eamon Scanlon used the example of a small vegetable business in Co. Sligo which was refused planning permission earlier this year and could not afford to appeal the decision.

He says there is no semblance of fair play for those who are appealing planning decisions.

Deputy Scanlon was speaking during the ongoing debate on the Planning and Development and Residential Tenancies Bill which facilities the Rebuilding Ireland programme and seeks to fast-track planning on large-scale applications and avoid appeals to An Bord Pleanála.

He told the dail there needs to be another route for people who cannot afford to go to court for appeals.