South Tipp planning applications drop from 2,199 to just 357

Planning applications to South Tipp County Council have fallen from 2,199 at the peak of the boom in 2007 to 357 this year (to the end of September).

Planning applications to South Tipp County Council have fallen from 2,199 at the peak of the boom in 2007 to 357 this year (to the end of September).

Director of Services Sinead Carr said there are just two planners now dealing with these. They also have additional project work and are involved in planning enforcement. Two vacant posts in the planning section will not be filled.

Cllr Siobhan Ambrose pointed out that the drop in applications meant a huge drop in development contributions and she paid tribute to the council for still being able to support projects like the development of Ballingarrane and the Butler Trail tourism project.

Ms Carr said they would be interested in looking at development charges in 2013. A percentage waiver has already been introduced in areas of high unemployment.

Work is ongoing on a dedicated planning website.