IFA Gets Clarification on Planning Permission for Sheep Fencing – Costings Need to Increase in Sac Areas
IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has got confirmation from the Department of Agriculture that in general TAMS applications for sheep fencing do not require planning permission.
The Department has stated, however, that if the proposed sheep fencing – whether new or replacement – is in a Special Area of Conservation, a National Heritage Area, a Special Protection Area or a Natura 2000 habitat, any upland or seaside area that has not been previously fenced or enclosed, planning permission or a declaration of exemption from the relevant local authority is also required at time of application for TAMS.
Joe Brady said this cost cannot be allowed to erode the value of the grant to farmers in restricted areas and the cost must be covered by increased standard costs. He also called for flexibility for those farmers concerned about getting planning permission or exemptions by the application deadline of June 24th