Mine Compensation Advised 3 May 2012
Planning Service advised to pay Omagh gold mine compensation
The NI Ombudsman has advised the Planning Service to pay a total of £30,000 compensation to three residents because it failed to enforce planning regulations at a Tyrone gold mine.
An investigation found major failures by planners reacting to complaints over an apparent breach of planning permission at the mine outside Omagh.
In 2008 and 2009 Omagh Minerals allowed hundreds of thousands of tonnes of rock from the mine to be removed by truck along a narrow road network without the necessary planning consent.
In spite of several objections, it took the Planning Service more than a year to issue an enforcement notice telling the company to stop the unauthorised removal of the rock.
For more information go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-17931871