Planning permission has been refused for the development of a Japanese Knotweed treatment facility in Ballyhanunis.

A county Kerry based company, Pacs Ltd, trading as the Japanese Knotweed Company, had applied to Mayo county council for planning permission for a facility to treat soil and stone waste containing Japanese Knotweed at a disused quarry site at Hazilhill/ Drumbaun, Ballyhaunis.

Japanese Knotweed is one of the most invasive and destructive alien plants in Ireland.

The planning dept of Mayo county council expressed concerns that the applicant in this case could not guarantee that the plant would not spread from the proposed facility.

They also cited a lack of scientific and relevant examples to support the construction of such a facility.

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