Farmer wins planning battle to put up a fence on his own farm
A Donegal farmer recently won his planning battle with An Taisce over a sheep fence on his land.
Glencolumbcille farmer Patrick Heenan applied for permission to extend the sheep fencing on his farm and while he was initially granted permission by Donegal Co Council, subject to some conditions, An Taisce appealed the decision.
The land is within a designated Area of Especially High Scenic Amenity and is also designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and An Taisce objected to the proposed fence saying that it would be a visually intrusive and unsympathetic element in an elevated landscape and would contravene the provisions of the development plan.
It said the traditional open character of the upland commonage would be undermined by the proposed fence which would detract from the amenities of the landscape.
It also said the fence would undermine and fail to give access to the mountains or other places of natural beauty or other places of natural beauty or recreational utility around the northern half of the Slieve League peninsula.
In its objection An Taisce also said there was no justification for agricultural or livestock fencing at the location.
“Sheep have traditionally grazed unfenced commonage." It said the proposal would hive off part of the bog and compromise the landscape.
An Taisce said the development was not essential to the viability of the farm and does not comply with best practice.