The present government rural housing guidelines and the Mayo County Development plan are not supportive of rural housing, according to Achill based Fianna Fail councillor Paul McNamara.
He has called on the new County Development Plan for Mayo to be deferred until the national revised Rural Housing guidelines are published by Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien.These new guidelines are expected to be published shortly.
Cllr McNamara made the proposal at a planning and economic policy committee meeting of Mayo County Council yesterday. He outlined his concerns about 'obstacles' in the way of planning in rural areas, which include the need to be directly related to a farmer to qualify for planning along the Mayo coast, and the considerable cost of Environmental Impact reports in areas of SACs, and adjacent areas.
Until the contents of the government’s new Rural Housing guidelines are published, councillors in Mayo are seeking ministerial permission not to progress the county plan any further.
Mayo Senior Planner John McMyler explained that there are statutory procedures involved in the complilation of the County Development Plan and the procedures cannot be delayed.
Cllr McNamara has been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley why he feels so strongly about the need to entice and accommodate more people to live in rural areas...