A planning application for the construction of almost 570 temporary homes in Laytown to accommodate Ukrainian refugees has been rejected.

Meath County Council has decided to invalidate the formal proposal for the two-bedroom single-story units on land west of the Railway Bridge in the Ninch area of the village.

The developer had sought an exemption to use the employment-zoned land given the current accommodation crisis as a result of the war in Ukraine.

Local Fine Gael councillor Sharon Tolan says the local authority decided there was a technical issue with the application, but it’s likely to be re-submitted.