Sunday 20 August 2017

Children to get a say in future building plans

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

CHILDREN are to get a say on future building works in their communities.

Planning Minister Ciaran Cuffe said yesterday he would submit proposals on giving those under 18 a "formal" role when city and county councils are drafting their six-year county development plans and local area plans.

Currently local authorities consult local residents, state agencies, community groups and businesses when drafting the plans.

But Mr Cuffe said there was a need to change how communities were built, especially given the high rate of childhood obesity.

"Obesity is on the rise. More girls drive to school than walk or cycle. I don't think they want to be stuck in a car every morning or evening. They want to walk. They want to cycle and interact with their peers."

"Crucially, I believe that we should involve children in the making and preparation of development plans and local area plans. It happens in other countries around Europe like Norway. Given that children under the age of 18 cannot vote, I shall be proposing that they be formally consulted as part of the making of plans."

Irish Independent

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