SMALL school extensions and prefabs will not require planning permission under new proposals published by the Environment Minister John Gormley, writes Aine Kerr.
In addition, certain renewable technologies centring on biomass facilities, will also be exempt from the normal planning process according to the draft Planning and Development Regulations from the Department of the Environment.
But last night, the Labour Party's Ciaran Lynch objected to some of the proposed changes.
He said: "We should be reluctant to give exemptions to any area.
"What we need are tighter planning regulations and the clearing of any difficulties within the process.