The construction of once-off houses in Ireland’s countryside by people wanting to leave towns and cities will be discouraged under the Government’s National Development Plan.
The new blueprint for long-term planning in Ireland over the next decade has discouraged future housing that is ‘urban-influenced,’ and contributes to ribbon development.
However, it makes a distinction between once-off rural homes lived in by farmers and other country dwellers and those desired by those who want to leave towns but still commute for work and school.
“What we hope to achieve with Ireland 2040 – Our Plan is a shared vision and ambition for what our country could look like by 2040,” said Minister Eoghan Murphy.
“We’ve been through a period of profound change in our recent history, with new challenges to come. We now have to plan for our future if we are to successfully navigate the challenges of population growth, demographic change and evolution in work and life practices that are on the way,” added Minister Murphy.
“By 2040, we know that Ireland will be home to an additional one million people, an extra 600,000 people at work, needing at least half a million additional homes, said Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development Damien English.
“Twenty years ago, we were a country of 3.5m people; by 2040, that will be approaching 6m people and an island population of nearly 8 million meaning that vision, determination and strategic planning will be vital in ensuring that our growth is well planned and leaves lasting benefits,” enthused Mr English.