THERE are no plans to ban the development of one-off housing, a Kerry TD has stressed.
Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin, said one-off housing plays a small but important role in accommodating the growing population in Kerry and the government can give a firm commitment that there are no plans in place to restrict this type of development.
“There has been much discussion recently on the issue of one-off housing and rural planning and reports this type of development will be banned from next March which is untrue,” he insisted.
He said it is acknowledged that there will always be demand for one-off housing in Kerry and there remains capacity within the National Planning Framework to allow for people who live and work in the countryside to build their homes close to their families and workplace.
“One-off housing is a small aspect of the current national housing supply but there will always be demand for this development with a design and planning framework in place which is sustainable, well managed and well regulated,” Deputy Griffin said.
Close on 85 per cent of all one-off housing planning permissions are granted each year once the developments meet high environmental standards with percolation, effluent disposal, sight lines and house design all being taken into account.
“All local authorities, including our own in Kerry, look for a social or economic reason to grant permission, such as working in rural areas or family ties here.
“Kerry County Council is an independent planning authority and all local authorities continue to adjudicate on planning matters in relation to new housing within their jurisdiction, in line with their statutory housing policy,” Deputy Griffin stated.
“Government currently has a range of policies in place to ensure there is compact growth in rural Ireland and to breath new life into our towns and villages in Kerry”.