An appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala to discover if planning permission was required to accommodate asylum seekers at a controversial apartment block site in Ballinamore.
The appeal concerns whether the use of the Rock- Quarter is, or is not, exempted development.
It is almost exactly five months since the first of several families of asylum-seekers moved into ‘own door’ accommodation at the Rock Quarter in Ballinamore.
Their arrival came at the end of what had been a tense and sometimes controversial row between locals opposed to the plan, and the developer, Remcoll 2 Limited.
However it is understood that the new arrivals to the town have settled in well and the accommodation plan so far has been a success.
Last month , Longford native, and former architect Liam Madden, lodged a third-party appeal with An Bord Pleanala, concerning the use of the Rock Quarter as accommodation for asylum seekers.
In what is referred to as a Section 5 appeal, he has queried, if the centre in Ballinamore required special planning permission to operate as a centre of asylum seekers from the local authority.
A decision on the appeal is expected by August.