Fall in the number of planning permissions granted for new farm buildings
In the fourth quarter of 2016, there was a fall in the number of planning permissions granted for new farm buildings, according to figures from the CSO.
Planning Permissions for new buildings for Agriculture decreased to 308 this quarter. This compares to 420 permissions in the same quarter of 2015.
Once again most of the planning permissions granted were in Southern and Eastern counties.
Under the TAMS II farm building scheme which provides significant grant aid to farmers of new farm developments planning permission or a declaration of exemption accompanied by stamped drawings from the relevant local authority is required for a number of the eligible investments.
Recently, the Department of Agriculture announced that tillage investments became eligible for funding.
The Scheme will came into operation March 8 and will be closed for receipt of applications on December 31, 2020.
The Scheme is jointly funded by the European Union and the national exchequer.
It understood the financial allocation to the Scheme shall not exceed €26m subject to review by the Minister.