Fianna Fáil TD, Aindrias Moynihan has said that there is limited time left for local residents to make their views heard on the National Planning Framework, and the need to ensure that those living locally are allowed to build one off housing.
Deputy Moynihan was commenting ahead of the deadline for receipt of submissions on the draft framework which closes at 12 noon on Friday, 10th November.
“The NPF must include a clear right to allow local residents build one-off homes in the communities they have grown up in.
“Equally, homes must be allowed to be built on the outskirts of villages and small towns, and used as a way of attracting new people to live in rural communities.
“There is no point bringing high speed broadband to communities, and building motorways to link our cities and major towns, if there are no homes for people to live in in rural Ireland.
“Yes, of course, let’s ensure that housing and planning decisions are sustainable, but there must be an opportunity for people to build homes in the country.
“The deadline for submissions is this Friday. I would urge everyone to send in their thoughts and views to ensure that the voice of rural Ireland is heard in this very important national debate.
“Submissions can be made by post by sending them to: NPF Submissions, Forward Planning Section, Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Custom House, Dublin D01 W6X0 or via the website, npf.ie,” concluded Moynihan.