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Farm buildings exempt from normal planning requirements can include milking parlours (subject to the total size of all buildings on the farm)

Farm buildings exempt from normal planning requirements can include milking parlours (subject to the total size of all buildings on the farm)

Farm buildings exempt from normal planning requirements can include milking parlours (subject to the total size of all buildings on the farm)

Development and modernisation is key to business success and a farm is no different.

In many instances this requires farmers to develop, construct and extend the facilities on their farms. However, there are a number of potential planning obstacles that should be kept in mind before undertaking any development works.

Irish planning laws have come under fire on many occasions in recent years and in a recent case heard in Galway District Court, there was a particularly critical view taken of the local council's prosecution of a 64- year-old farmer who had erected a number of pillars and gates on his land. He was using these to gather his sheep either for loading on to trucks, shearing or dipping.


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