Friday February 28, 2020

Planners aim to reduce building of one-off houses

In the last 15 years, 182,000 one-off houses have been built in the countryside

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

5th February, 2017

The widespread building of one-off houses in rural areas is under threat in the new 20-year national planning strategy.

In the last 15 years, 182,000 one-off houses have been built in the countryside, accelerating the decline in population in rural towns and villages.

The consultation document for the National Planning Framework up to 2040 states that it will be necessary to protect rural areas near large towns and cities from ‘unsustainable growth pressures’ as experienced in the...

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