Appeal to Bord Pleanala over asylum seeker homes in Ballinamore

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.