Industrial peat extraction no longer exempt from planning

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2 May 2013: Four years after first asking An Bord Pleanala to determine if the vast industrial extraction of turf from the Irish midlands did or did not constitute ‘development’ or ‘exempted development’ a swinging judgment has been handed down in FIE’s favour.

All industrial scale extraction – many of the sites are over 100 hectares – which previously was exempted development has since 20 September 2012 (the day the 2011 Habitats Regulations were signed into law) required development consent.

Read more from this press release by Friends of the Irish Environment, 2 May 2013