Tuesday 24 October 2017

Unless councillors work to stop sprawl, 'Ireland 2040' plan will just be words on a page

Taoiseach Enda Kenny shakes hands with economist David McWilliams as Housing Minister Simon Coveney looks on at Maynooth University yesterday. Photo: Damien Eagers
Taoiseach Enda Kenny shakes hands with economist David McWilliams as Housing Minister Simon Coveney looks on at Maynooth University yesterday. Photo: Damien Eagers
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

There are 949 city and county councillors sitting on local authorities across the State who will ultimately dictate the success, or otherwise, of the National Planning Framework.

It is they who will decide what land is suitable for housing, and will play a major role in setting out the location of schools, healthcare facilities, power and water supplies, and other services needed to ensure balanced and sustainable development.

Speaking at the launch of 'Ireland 2040 - Your Plan' in Maynooth University, Taoiseach Enda Kenny admitted that the Government was not yet prepared to meet the challenge of combating Dublin's sprawl, but he vowed not to repeat the mistakes of the past. Fine words - but it's the development plans for each county, decided by councillors, coupled with national and regional policies, which ultimately dictate where the communities of the future will develop.

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