DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY: VENTRY AREA

What we lack is an assessment of the effect of policies and development consents given to date in the study area.

July 1999

DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY: VENTRY AREA

What we lack is an assessment of the effect of policies and development consents given to date in the study area.

We know the area's assets. This organization and others during the holiday homes incidents urged the planning authority to establish policies to preserve as far as possible not only the physical nature of the environment but also the balance of the community upon which the language and traditions depend.

Those seeking such policies are directed to the County Development Plan. If we did not know the area itself, a reading of the 1996 Development Plan and an examination of its maps would convince us that there is no further need to entertain any concerns about the protection of the Ventry area's assets. We could rest assured as well that the local authority was doing all in its power to encourage appropriate low impact developments that will ensure secure employment in sustainable industries and safeguard the security of the long term residents.

In fact, this is all aspirational. Protection has only been won for a place like Ventry Strand at enormous effort by conservationists that perforce allowed elsewhere at least as many single developments to erode the area's landscape.

Your advertisement asks for a strategy that addresses the "capacity, location, nature, scale, and type" of future development. Where is the analysis of the 1989 County Development Plan? What actual developments have been permitted in High Amenity Areas and Conservation Areas and what have been their impact? To what degree have the improvement in roads contributed to the loss of character of the area without contributing to road safety? To what degree have agricultural practices such as hedgerow removal and drainage contributed to the loss? What would be the constituents of an inter-disciplinary approach required to effectively address the problems you have presented in your advertisement in the traditional terminology of the local authority planning officers?

How can we suggest a strategy for a better future if we have not analysed the mistakes of our recent past?



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