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Sinn Féin TDs give guarded welcome to rural planning guidelines

13 April, 2005

Sinn Féin spokespersons on Rural Development and the Environment, Martin Ferris TD and Arthur Morgan TD have jointly given a guarded welcome to the Minister for the Environments new planning guidelines for rural housing

The TDs said, "In practice much of what has been presented by the Minister is in effect happening already in different parts of the country albeit inconsistently. It is clear however, that some local authorities treat planning applications by local people much harsher than others. If these proposals bring uniformity to the planning process and actually help local people remain in their local areas then it has to be welcomed.

"We acknowledge the contentious issues associated with one-off housing and rural development. However, local people must be accommodated in developing homes in their respective areas.

"Sustainable rural communities will not develop through the provision of proper planning and design regulations alone -- but will require environmentally sustainable infrastructure and properly resourced government support." ENDS

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