The announcement today by Environment Minister Martin Cullen to permit more one off houses in the countryside flies in the face of all professional advice and will ultimately cost the environment dearly. His sole concern appeared to be aesthetics, which is the least serious of the consequences this decision will cause. This erosion of planning controls in Ireland when every other nation is heeding scientific advice and strictly directing development for the public good is a frightening concession to populist demands. Read MORE or
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Pollutants from domestic dwellings are particularly acute as almost half of Ireland is geological sensitive karst limestone that freely transmits water borne pathogens and nutrients. Wetlands and bogs also provide easy pathways

Sight lines for safe access are rare on rural roads. The cost in social services such as waste collection, electricity, and water, will be borne by the whole community for the benefit of the few. Lack of public transport means that the car based society will proliferate, especially for families, at a time when all global reason is calling out for controls.

This erosion of planning controls in Ireland when every other nation is heeding scientific advice and strictly directing development for the public good is a frightening concession to populist demands.



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