Government overturns councils’ rezoning decisions

At least 16 local development plans have been scrapped

20th March, 2016
Customs House which houses the Department of the Environment Pic: RollingNews.ie

The Department of the Environment has overturned a series of local authority decisions to rezone for housing land at risk of flooding.

At least 16 local development plans and rezoning decisions have been overturned, many on the basis of flood risk, according to documents seen by this newspaper.

Most recently, in December, housing and planning minister Paudie Coffey issued a ministerial directive to Galway County Council to overturn extensive residential and business rezoning around Headford, Co...

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