Increased Permitted Development rights for farmers welcomed

15 07 2013

Agricultural buildings
Moyle SDLP Councillors Catherine Mc Cambridge and Dónal Cunningham have welcomed the announcement from the Environment Minister Alex Attwood of new permitted development rights which will increase the range of agricultural development that no longer needs planning permission.

From August 2013 farmers will now be able to construct buildings up to 500 square metres without the need for a planning application (the equivalent of over 5,000 square feet). Currently they can only erect up to 300 square metres without the need for a planning application.

Councillor McCambridge said:
“From a farmer’s point of view it is important to eliminate as far as possible any unnecessary red tape and to assist agriculture in a challenging economic climate.”

Councillor Cunningham continued:
“I am particularly pleased at how these new rules will support renewable energy technologies and follow on from the move earlier this year which allows farm buildings to install solar panels without planning permission. Farmers now have the opportunity to seize the benefits of renewable technologies such as anaerobic digesters a treatment process which can use farm crops and animal waste to produce biogas which can be used as a fuel to power and heat the farm and reduce costs.”

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