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A right or a blight — where now for one-off rural housing?

Planning permission for one-off houses looks set to become even harder to get under new Department of Housing guidelines. Farm orgs are lobbying against restrictions, insisting that farmers need to live near where they work, but planning professionals advocate ‘sustainable alternatives’ in towns and villages

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Dotted around: One-off houses are an emotive issue

Dotted around: One-off houses are an emotive issue

Seek professional advice on whether the design is appropriate to the location

Seek professional advice on whether the design is appropriate to the location

Mayo County Council indicates that shades of the county’s colours, “deep red or green, may look well where a house is set among trees or where there is a tradition of strong colours in the immediate area

Mayo County Council indicates that shades of the county’s colours, “deep red or green, may look well where a house is set among trees or where there is a tradition of strong colours in the immediate area

Most county councils advise against neo-classical, pedimented porches

Most county councils advise against neo-classical, pedimented porches

Guidelines in Mayo

Guidelines in Mayo

One-off housing near the coast

One-off housing near the coast

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Dotted around: One-off houses are an emotive issue

It may become even more difficult for rural dwellers to get planning permission for one-off homes after the Department of Housing updates its planning guidelines in the coming months.

Already it can be difficult enough for farmers in some areas, as was recently seen when a farmer had to take High Court proceedings in an attempt to get planning permission to build a home on her farm.


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