CO COUNCIL PLANNING ASSESSMENT OF EIRGRID INTERCONNECTOR APPLICATION WILL BE “INDEPENDENT AND IMPARTIAL”

13 June 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

The technical assessment to be performed by the planning authority of Monaghan Co Council in relation to the renewed application submitted by EirGrid to An Bord Pleanala this week for the development of the North-South electricity interconnector would be conducted on a completely independent and impartial basis, Chief Executive Eugene Cummins and Senior Planner Adrian Hughes told Monday’s meeting of the local authority.
Members were informed that the independent nature of the role the planning section of the Council had to play in assessing the project application meant that its staff could not directly assist the councillors in preparing their own submission.
The Chief Executive sought to assure the members that his own previous comments in favour of the project proceeding would have no bearing on the planning assessment and would not in any way influence the final decision on whether and in what manner the development advanced.
“An Bord Pleanala will decide, not me, and An Bord Pleanala will have no regard to any comments I have made,” Mr Cummins stated.
The news that EirGrid were to submit a renewed application to the national planning board the day after Monday’s meeting prompted a reiteration by the elected members of their opposition to the project proceeding via the use of overground pylons.
Sinn Féin’s Noel Keelan said the fresh planning submission marked the real beginning rather than the …..

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