did anyone take a look at what the Laois councillors proposed. Sure, ther's a dearth of good masterplans and village plans but there is NO zoning objective in Ireland which enforces such measures before the development.
They must preceed the zoning in the first place. However, just because Laois Co.Co. enables the building of residential units does not mean a rush of everybody to live there. Villages should, with suitable community input, be able to expand in a controlled and planned way and not be limited in this because they happen to be within an hour's drive of Dublin. There are more aspirant residents than just Dublin commuters. I think this decision by Roche IS political. He is trying to hold together a spatial strategy that is a sham. Remember, this is the guy who brought in the gombeen's charter for one-off housing. He is planning's nemesis