PLANNING applications for new builds in Listowel town centre are up on last year's figure already - including two major plans.
Thirty planning applications have been received by Listowel Town Council to date, compared to 24 for all of last year. Of these 30 applications, 12 have been granted and four were refused with a number ruled invalid for various reasons.
Meanwhile, Listowel Town Council has already realised significantly more from planning application fees than it did in the 12 months of last year. The authority has brought in €20,590.23 in fees since the start of the year, compared to just €4,992.68 last year.
In 2009, 43 planning applications were received (realising €19,535.34) and 40 applications were received in 2010 (realising €3,789.95).
Town Clerk David O'Brien said the increase in the number of valid applications received from 2011 to this year was 'encouraging'. Mr O'Brien explained that the rise is also down to a 'significant' increase in the number of applications for extension of durations in respect of housing developments where the planning permission was due to expire. Two of these types have been granted and three have been refused.
Six of the applications received this year were for new houses, five were for domestic extensions and retentions and seven were for commercial and industrial premises.
Fees are up due to two significant projects - the primary care centre in Greenville granted earlier this year and an extension to Clieveragh industry Listal.
Listowel Town Council granted the primary care centre application, however it has been appealed by the applicant to An Bord Pleanála over a council condition preventing the location of a pharmacy there. Meanwhile, the council has requested further information on Listal's plans to expand its building. The industry makes medical filters and devices for the world market and employs 68 people in Clieveragh.
Two enforcement actions were initiated this year by the town council, following reports of unauthorised developments. One of the investigations found the development was exempt and the other is ongoing, in which an enforcement notice has been served and in which negotiations are ongoing.