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New planning rules for villages
New planning rules to limit the number of new houses permitted in small towns and villages in Ireland will be introduced later this year. Announced by Minister for the Environment John Gormaly, the aim is to stop rapid overdevelopment by limiting to c12, the number of houses allowed to be built in villages with a population of less than 400. Planning authorities have also been told not to increase by more than 15%, the number of houses in towns with population of 5000, over the term of the next seven year development plan. As part of the plan, the minister intends to ring fence a land bank surrounding towns and villages where overdevelopment will be curtailed and to use this land bank for one off housing applications. This is likely to be a contentious issue. Currently, many one off housing applications are turned down because of impact on landscape and insufficient access to services such as water and sewage. The new guidelines are due to be published next month by the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government


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