West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Mc Guire Urges Strong Rural Response to New Planning Policy Consultation

Published: 1 April, 2014

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran Mc Guire is urging as many stakeholder groups and individual rural dwellers as possible to respond to the Consultation into the "New Single Planning Policy Statement" to ensure that the needs of rural dwellers are fully addressed in planning policy.

He said,

"Respective planning policies are now being amalgamated into one New Single Planning Policy Statement and it is crucial that the needs of rural dwellers and of our rural communities are fully reflected in this new Statement given evident shortcomings that exist in the current policy statements relating to rural areas.

"I would therefore encourage as many rural stakeholder groups and individual rural dwellers as possible to make a submission to this consultation outlining the changes that are needed.

"For example, many rural shops, offices and clubs are struggling because rural areas are being depopulated as a result of having no opportunities to build in their local areas.

"Furthermore, there are little or no opportunities for non-farming rural dwellers to build in the countryside unless a farmer's son can get a house, every 10 years, based on a very strict and select case of need.

"Also, thousands of pounds have been unclaimed through the rural development programme because DOE planning policy does not allow for business in the countryside& directs development into the nearest settlement and this has had an adverse impact on farm diversification & job creation in rural areas.

"These and others flaws in current planning policy in relation to rural areas need addressed and it is crucial that you have your say.

"The consultation closes on 29th April 2014 & consultations can be made through the website below or other formats can be requested by Telephone: 02890416932, Textphone: 02890540642 or by E-mail: SPPSteam@doeni.gov.uk