The ROI Department of Housing’s plan to publish a draft revision to the 2005 Rural Housing Planning Guidelines in June has been postponed, and is now slated for “later in 2021”, Selfbuild has learned.
“Updated Rural Housing Planning Guidelines are currently being prepared that will continue to allow for the development of homes in rural areas while also highlighting the need to manage certain areas around cities and towns in order to avoid over-development of those areas,” a spokesperson told Selfbuild late June.
“Given the complexity of the issues involved, the need for environmental assessment and both internal and external consultation, the Minister expects final updated guidelines to be available later in 2021.”
The rural housing guidelines are the basis on which local authorities can prevent people that do not come from the local area from building their home on a greenfield site.
The battle to change this requirement has been going on for over a decade, with the EU initiating proceedings against Ireland back in 2007.