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Council refuse planning to farmer who wanted shed for vintage tractors

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A PART-BUILT shed for the storage of five vintage tractors and other agricultural equipment was refused planning permission by Galway County Council but it is now the subject of an appeal to An Bord Pleanala.

County planners said that there were other storage sheds on the North Galway property and to allow another would constitute over-development on the site.

But the applicant argued that his home was located in an area where there were one-off dwellings and farmland. To the rear of the proposed development was agricultural land and a slatted house.

It is also contended that a garage on the site is used to store the family car and other small items while stables on the farm are used to for horses that the applicant keeps.

The shed on the farm will also be used for the storage or domestic fuel such as turf, timber and an oil tank. The family home is headed by solid fuel.

But last December county planners refused permission for the partially constructed shed to Jim Heverin at Curryeighter, Cummer on the grounds that it would be an “intrusive development” that would detract from the rural character of the area.

They said that it would result in an overdevelopment of a rural residential site and pointed out that there were two other storage sheds on the property.

“To permit the development would seriously injure the privacy and residential amenities and depreciate the value of the adjacent property “, it was stated in the planning refusal.

But agents on behalf of Mr. Heverin said that sheds of this scale are common place in a farming environment. They said that there were other similar storage facilities located to the rear of other dwellings in the same area.

Architects for the applicant told An Bord Pleanala that the building was single storey that would be at the rear of a two storey house and that there were no objections from any neighbours.

There were three letters of support from immediately adjoining neighbours to the development while it was also intended to plant native trees around the shed so as to not impact on the rural character of the area.

It was also argued that the storage shed could not be considered over-development as it would be located on a large site with ample parking and would be located in an established farming environment.

The applicant was also willing to reduce the height of the shed if need be. It was also contended that the applicant’s vintage tractor and solid fuel was currently being stored in the open as there was no room in the existing garage. This was another reason for the necessity of the storage shed.

A decision on the planning appeal will be known around the middle of June.

 

 

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Fair Deal reached as Bill is enacted

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Maura Canning: Good day expected.
Maura Canning, the former IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson

RELIEF has been expressed this week in farming and political circles that at last the Fair Deal Nursing Home legislations changes have been passed by the Oireachtas.

The Bill went through the Dáil last Thursday and the Seanad on Friday, bringing to a conclusion a campaign that started back in 2012.

Maura Canning, the former IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson, told the Farming Tribune there was a great sense of relief that a nine-year long campaign had at last got over the line.

“It has been such a long and difficult campaign to secure this deal with a lot of complications and obstacles along the way. At times, we seemed to be almost there, until something happened to hold up the process, but there really was a great sense of relief last Friday when the Bill at last passed through its final stages,” said Maura Canning.

She paid a particular to former Minister of State, Jim Daly; the current incumbent Mary Butler; and also to the many TDs and Senators that had been lobbied over the years on the issue. “No TD ever failed to return a call,” she said.

The key change in the new Bill is that there will be a three-year cap on the 7.5% annual contribution of the overall value of the farm where the farmer or their spouse is in a nursing home. There are a number of conditions attached to this CAP, the most significant of which is the fact that the farm must be signed over fully to the inheritor for a five-year period and this person must also continue farming on the land.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Stay safe on the farm

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GALWAY farmers have again been reminded during Farm Safety Week to ‘stop, think and slow down’ as they go about their work during the busy Summer season – and indeed for the rest of the year as well.

Roy O’Brien, Galway/Mayo IFA Regional Executive, told the Farming Tribune that too many farm families had been impacted upon by fatalities or life-changing injuries over recent years.

“In their daily work, farmers have to be a bit of everything from a vet to a mechanic to a driver of heavy machinery and often these tasks have to be carried out with no one else around.

“I think that this change of duties represents one of the big challenges to farmers in terms of their own health and safety. Every day can bring a new job and a new safety challenge,” said Roy O’Brien.

Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, said it was shocking to think that between 2011 and 2020, 21 children had lost their lives in farm accidents across the country.

“While children look forward to being home on the farm for the Summer, now is an important time to have conversations about safety.

“Tell them about the dangers and set the rules but don’t expect a child to take on the responsibility of keeping themselves safe. Children do not understand risk,” said Anne Mitchell.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Top ten steps to reduce GHGs

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Suckler herds: The longer they can be kept out to grass, the better it is for reducing emissions.

TEAGASC has outlined a 10-step programme to help beef farmers reduce their carbon footprint over the coming years as part of agriculture’s contribution to the cutting of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist, has outlined that 68% of all agricultural GHG emissions in Ireland are methane based while almost all the rest are nitrous oxide – less than 3% are carbon dioxide.

She explained in the latest edition of the Teagasc magazine, Today’s Farm, that methane is a by-product of the digestive system of animals while nitrous oxide (N2O) is a gas caused by the breakdown of nitrogen.

In terms of methane reductions, Martina Harrington, recommends more efficient suckler cows; better daily weight gains from calves; the possible use of feed additives; and an extension of the grazing season to reduce slurry volumes.

As regards nitrous oxide, she recommends a reduction in the amount of synthetic fertiliser to be applied by improving soil fertility, especially in relation to soil pH levels [liming].

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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