A local councillor says it’s not reasonable to expect the Meath County Development Plan to be completed online.

Nine members of a technical group on Meath County Council, along with three Sinn Féin and two independent councillors, are refusing to participate in any meetings on the plan which they cannot attend in-person.

The County Development Plan sets out the overall planning policies of the local authority until 2026.

A majority of councillors have agreed to move considerations on it fully online given the current Covid-19 situation.

The proposal to do so came before councillors back in November as a possible solution to tackle the ongoing delays to getting it over the line in the past year, mainly due to Covid-19.

Independent Brian Fitzgerald told LMFMs Michael Reade show ‘To do it (The Development Plan), online is not the way to do it, some of the submissions, and there are over 2,500 of them, are contentious and could lead to litigation later on.’