A Clonmel-based councillor had proposed a Part 8 consultation for social housing in Portroe and the councillor didn't even know where the place was, according to Cllr Seamus Morris at the September meeting of Nenagh Municipal District Council.
"They didn't know the issues around the proposal," he said, calling for a change in the way the council handles Part 8 applications.
Residents in Portroe met in June to discuss the plans for the 17 units and to make submissions under the Part 8 public consultation process.
The Independent councillor made his comments after it emerged that there is confusion surrounding the council's plans for 18 social housing units in Cormack Drive in Nenagh. The council announced during the summer that it had plans for social housing in Cormack Drive, which has been resisted by residents.
The closing date for submissions on the proposal was in August, but it has now emerged that due to the submissions a new Part 8 may have to be sought. Cllr Morris said the councillors had received correspondence suggesting the Part 8 process would be put back and asked for an update on the situation.
However, he was told by meetings administrator Rosemary Joyce that it was a housing issue and was not on the agenda, but would be on next month's agenda.
"People have contacted me," said Cllr Hughie McGrath, "and they want to know if there is a new Part 8 coming."
Cllr Ger Darcy described the issues surrounding the Part 8 for Cormack Drive as "grave".
It was suggested by Cllr John Carroll that Part 8 processes should first be discussed at district level before going to the full council to avoid communication issues.
Cllr Morris agreed, saying the Part 8 in Portroe had been a "mess from start to finish".
However, district manager Marcus O'Connor said that there couldn't be a situation where Part 8s were discussed at local level and at full council.
"As of now, Part 8s are dealt with at full council," he said.
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