Sunday, July 6, 2014

Council’s plan trying to ‘strip people of right to live in the countryside’

European cable and wire manufacturer representative group, brought to Ireland by MEP Phil Prendergast, warned proliferation of one-off housing in Ireland had made it difficult to put EirGrid powerlines underground.
A candidate for Cork County Council has warned that the local authority’s draft county development plan is seeking to "strip people of the right to live in the countryside".
According to Midleton-based candidate Wayne Halloran, the draft blueprint for the development of the county sets out that only those who work on the land should get planning permission to live in rural areas.

“As outlined on pages 60 and 61 of this document, planning permission will only be granted to those working on the land, those who have lived there for more than seven years, or those who have emigrated for over seven years and now want to return home to take care of elderly parents,” he said.
Mr Halloran said the new provisions mean farmers would not be able to leave sites to their children who have lived elsewhere but want to return to where they grew up.

“Neither is there provision for those who grew up in rural areas but had to move to find work elsewhere. There are no provisions for those who aspire to a rural life, but who grew up in urban areas. Or to those who were forced to move to Dublin, Cork, and other cities due to employment opportunities but who now wish to refocus their lives with a different work life balance.”

Mr Halloran is best known in East Cork for campaigning as part of the Clonmult-Lisgoold No Pylons group against EirGrid’s plans to build a corridor of 45m-high pylons from Cork to Wexford and on to Kildare.

He claimed the county development plan “effectively strip these people of the right to live in the countryside”.
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