'Every farmer should be able to sell a site on their land with planning permission'
"There's nothing nicer than seeing local bungalows or two story houses in the country side"
Galway Co Council has voted unanimously to support a motion which would see farmers given the right to sell a site on their land.
The man behind the proposal, Independent Councillor Michael Fahy says it’s impossible to get ‘planning’ in his area of south Co Galway and says his idea it would do wonders for the rural areas across the country.
The move would help keep post offices, schools and GAA clubs going in rural areas. These are all things that give an identity to a community.
Cllr Fahy said the scheme would also be a huge cash boost for hard pressed farmers who would spend the money in the local area anyway further boosting local shops and businesses. He also said the proposal would see thousands of jobs created in the construction sector.
According to Fahy, key to the proposal which would be on a once off basis is that planning permission on the site would be guaranteed. He said this would give piece of mind to both parities.
“It’s heart breaking when I cannot help people to get planning permission because of the current rules and said there was too much red tape in system.
Fahy said he has seen no opposition locally to the plan and pointed to unanimous support from Galway Co Council.
“This is not about damaging the scenic qualities of a local area. There is nothing nicer than seeing local bungalows or two story houses in the countryside.