By Dan Walsh at Gorey Chamber
Due to a lack of resources at Wexford County Council the members of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council, at yesterday’s (Tuesday) March meeting, unanimously agreed to a three-year time frame extension to the Gorey Local Area Plan.
Senior Planner at Wexford County Council, Diarmuid Houston, addressing the meeting in Gorey Chamber via zoom, asked the members to consider extending the current Gorey Local Area Plan under the current County Development Plan. He promised “to make sure the Plan is consistent” and assured there is no change to zoning. “Everything would stay the same. I know this is not the best news, but it is the best for the town,” he added.
Planner Deirdre Kearns, also appearing via zoom, said the Gorey Plan is consistent with the County Development Plan. “You can vary or revoke the Plan at any time if an issue arose, but the fear is that the Plan would expire and there would be no plan for Gorey,” she concluded.
Ms Kearns felt that “three years would be realistic” and Cathaoirleach Cllr Pip Breen was in the process of confirming that he “would be happy to accept the request” when Cllr Anthony Donohoe questioned the statement “revoke the Plan” and he asked what goes in its place? Ms Kearns answered that to revoke the Plan – there would be no Plan – and a new Plan would have to be prepared.
Cllr Joe Sullivan said a lot of work was going on in Gorey and there was extended pressure on projects undertaken. He formally proposed that the Gorey Local Area Plan be extended for three years in compliance with the County Development Plan.
Cllr Donohoe seconded Cllr Sullivan’s proposal “if the planners were open to the zoning issues.” There were no dissenting voices. Mr Houston thanked the members for promptly complying with his request in such a brief amount of time.