Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Department of Agriculture and Food
Question 315: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the actions he has taken with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to ensure that the current validated planning application will suffice for the purposes of the requirements of the sheep handling and fencing scheme to ensure that the maximum number of applicants can be processed before the closing date in four weeks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47190/10]
The terms of the Sheep Fencing/Mobile Handling Equipment Scheme provide that the closing date for receipt of applications shall be 31 December 2013 rather than the period referred to by the Deputy. I do not propose, therefore, to treat applications as valid under the Scheme where they are accompanied by proof of having lodged an application for planning permission with the relevant local authority where full planning is required in order to complete investment works under the Scheme.