In brief: Downey urges Rural Planning
IFA deputy president Eddie Downey has called for the establishment of a Rural Planning Forum to revitalise struggling rural communities that are experiencing emigration, job losses and social isolation.
Speaking after a meeting with Minister for State for Education and Skills, Ciaran Cannon, Mr Downey said the loss of young people due to emigration was having a profound impact on the culture and sense of community in rural Ireland.
James Doyle, chairman of the Irish Rural Dwellers' Association, has also called for a full review of the existing rural planning guidelines, and for representation on An Bord Pleanala for rural communities.
Arla holds fire after protests
Arla Foods' plans for a massive new dairy processing facility in Buckinghamshire, England are under review after opposition from local interest groups.
Arla had planned to build a plant capable of processing 1bn litres of milk on a 70 acre site at Aston Clinton, near Aylesbury.
The £150m (€170.4m) plant would have generated around 680 jobs in the area but locals have objected to the 1,000 HGV movements per day that would take place to and from the plant.
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