Fine Gael councillor Peter Flynn this week hit out at the decision of planners from Mayo County Council to refuse planning permission for a house in the Rooskey area of Westport. Flynn told the meeting the reason that the application was refused by the planners was, “the house was not in line with the characteristic of houses in the area” according to the planners.
The issue was raised at the September meeting of the Westport Electoral Area Committee. Cllr Flynn said: “There is no shape or style to the houses in Rooskey, they are all different shapes and styles. This decision was made by a planner at their own discretion, you can’t have every house the exact same in a area.”
Cllr Flynn, who chairs the committee, also hit out at the NRA when he was praising the decision of An Bord Pleanála to grant a planning application at Carrowkennedy in Westport which had been previously turned down because of the NRA. “The couple involved in that case had to spend around €20,000 to get their planning permission and it took two years to get it. It was refused because the application was on the N59 Westport to Leenane road which is a national secondary route, but the NRA aren’t serious about it being a national secondary road, otherwise it would have been upgraded and the work that needs to be carried out would have been done on it by now.”