Meath Live has learned that the Office Of The Planning Regulator, (OPR) has written to Peter Burke the Minister for Local Government and Planning requesting that he ensures the proposed Meath county development plan adheres to suggestions he made.

While one-off housing looks set to remain it is understood that sections of the plan that centre on the Ashbourne and Kells areas have raised concerns.

Specifically, there appear to be suggestions that certain lands that councillors proposed to be rezoned may have flooding issues.

Sources have told us that the matter is likely to be the su

bject of fierce debate at next Monday’s November council meeting.

One suggested, ‘There could be a few noses put out of joint over this, but ultimately if the minister sides with the OPR opinion and directs the council to act in a certain way then councillors will have to respond to that.’

The OPR came into being as a result of the Mahon tribunal and it’s role is to ensure that local authorities and An Bord Pleanála support Government policy and statutory requirements when implementing planning policy and statutory requirements.