EU ruling means ‘locals-only’ one-off housing must end

There is intense concern among politicians and planners about planning free-for-alls that would lead to even more urban sprawl

7th May, 2017

The imminent abolition of the ‘locals-only’ rule for one-off housing is causing major concerns among politicians and planners. Many councils around the country have required those seeking planning permission to be born in the local area, and to also pledge to live in their home for up to ten years before selling it on. But these existing ‘locals-only’ rules in councils from Donegal to Cork will now have to be scrapped to comply with EU...

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