Re: Re: Irish Rural Dwellers Association

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Frank Taylor
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The PDs have launched a policy document on one-off housing:
http://www.progressivedemocrats.ie/uploads/images/Planning_For_A_Rural_Future.doc
which recommends further easing of planning restrictions on one-off housing and goes so far as to suggest that

, in areas which are experiencing population decline, we would like to see incentives created for people to move into these areas rather than the barriers that currently exist

in other words that the government should pay people to live outside towns and villages. Before the relaxation of housing guidelines in 2005, 80% of one off housing applications were already being approved. After the sustainable rural housing guidelines policy, that figure increased to 90%.

I think we are moving towards a situation where, as in FIN’s case, it has become far more difficult to get permission for urban housing in towns and villages than it is to get permission for suburban or one-off housing. We are operating a system where the more energy your lifestyle uses, the easier it is to get permission to build a house.

The number of people who disagree with this policy seems to be dwindling down to a few tree-hugging nutcases. I am a meat-eating capitalist and I am disgusted that the only party left that I can vote for is the greens.

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