Less than 2000 one offs were granted permission. An Taisce probably appealed the lot to An Bord Pleanála
The latest green racket is to force a potential builder of a one off to hire a Green Consultant type to do an “Appropriate Assessment” study before the planning is submitted. This scam costs €1500 on top of the complex septic tank rules and even then An Taisce objects to the lot of them. If I wanted to build a 401 sq ft extension onto my house with no running water I now need to spend €1500 on the poxy AA report because I live well within 15km of a SAC in a rural area.
I would think that the new rules will reduce planning permissions for one offs to the low 1000’s from now on and many will be on brownfield sites or refurbs. It is game over for rural areas and small sewerless villages thanks to the Greens.
The investigation of planning announced this week by Gormley is designed to ensure that
If you live in a village with a local area plan an appropriate assessment will be carried out for the area…so you don’t have to do one but no one off will be permitted in a local area plan, only higher densities.
If you live anywhere outside a local area plan ( ie rural) you will have to have an appropriate assessment study carried out per house if within 15km of an SPA or a SAC. If you are more than 15km form a SAC or an SPA Gormley got you anyway if you are upstream of a SAC or SPA.
Every river month ( Shannon / Boyne Corrib / Slaney / Moy) is a SAC or an SPA and therefore everybody in a rural area more or less lives upstream of a SAC or SPA and will have to have an Appropriate Assessment from now on.
Even then Gormley will bankroll An Taisce to object and appeal to An Bord Pleanála on his behalf if a council has the temerity to grant permission for a one off.
Finally, the Water Framework Directive becomes law next week and with that many of you will have to undergo Mandatory Septic Tank Desludging every 6 months to 1 year as well as accept universal Water Metering…even if the water is undrinkable and the greens know it.
That is what Smart and Green means in rural and small town Ireland from now on…OH! and a property tax next year as well as MORE carbon tax.
And we don’t have much by way of broadband out here BJ, no UPC cable
They are going to force families into living in small semi-detached houses of about 1000 sq foot with no room for a kid’s playroom; no room to store sports equipment; no room for musical instruments; no room for proper wardbrobes, hardly any room for storing books and no room for a dog.
The consequences of a future generation of kids being raised in such squalid conditions means we may end up with more semi-feral street kids; sales of Ritalin will increase enormously; we’ll have a nation full of tin-whistle players; people will have to abandon the practice of wearing a warm winter-coat as it takes up too much storage room in the house; dogs will be increasingly neglected, lonely and depressed by virtue of their banishment outside of the house and therefore their pack; we’ll become a nation of semi-literates. The new village-estates will become noisy with the sounds of kids everywhere during the day (after school-hours) and dogs howling at night…
OK, I exaggerate, but there will certainly be enormous problems in relation to quality of life if there are no more family-sized homes being built. And by family home, I’m talking 2500 square foot at least.
I’ve eyed several semis up with a view to doing same, but it generally proves impractical to the extreme, if at all possible. The knocking of walls usually means one ends up with inadequate room for kitchen units.
Not to mention the fact that a lot of these semis’ back gardens are tiny and suffer from an oppressive amount of over-looking (I don’t mind over-looking in my back garden but I’d like 40 feet to my back wall at least to avoid excessive over-looking into neighbour’s kitchen sink mess).
Maybe have a look at RTE Player and find Room To Improve, while the program and designs are maybe a little repetitive the architect/presenter is good at what he does.
The last episode was knocking two semis into one, the couple had a tight budget, and the banks were reluctant to fund it as they reckoned the 2-semis were more valuable than one unusual detached replacement. I think the cost was ~120k but can’t remember clearly.
I think they got around the kitchen problem by pushing the kitchen into a front room.
The builder also explained the project had extra unusual costs due to connecting up two separate heating and electrical systems.
While they succeeded and the result was fine I don’t think the program would encourage many others to do the same.
You don’t think that the lack of demand for building new houses might just just possibly be connected with the
huge quantity of empty housing
lack of mortgage credit
house price collapse
death of speculative demand
rather than some rule about having to get your septic tank inspected??
42% of permissions for new houses were for 1-offs in q1 2010 compared to 27% for FY2005. SO the death of the one-off is exaggerated. The upmarket owner-occupier driven 1-off demand will sustain better than the speculative demand.
There is countryside in Belgium??!? Who knew?
Any time I go (well go through) there all I see is crumbling buildings, litter and people pissing in doorways. Oh and people wearing shaded glasses and carrying poodles who think they have a destiny to form the Civil Service of Europe.