'STRONG URBAN INFLUENCE' DESIGNATION WILL HALT CLONES POPULATION DECLINE

9 September 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A proposal to assign an ‘Areas Under Strong Urban Influence’ designation to the immediate rural hinterland of the town of Clones in the new Co Development Plan has the potential to halt the town’s population decline and have a beneficial impact on the Clones economy, Senior Planner Adrian Hughes told Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council.
Concerns that this proposal might constitute an impediment to future development in the Clones area were voiced by councillors Pat Treanor and Hugh McElvaney during discussion of a Core Strategy document in relation to the Development Plan, which members approved to go to public consultation.
Certain restrictions are placed on the granting of planning applications for single dwellings in areas designed as being under strong urban influence.
In relation to such areas, the core strategy document before Monday’s meeting states: “The amount of urban generated housing in these areas is significant. The resulting increased demand for development sites, the increased pressure on the countryside and services, together with the disproportionate cost of sites in these areas, has in the past often precluded development by members of the established rural community, to the detriment of sustaining these rural communities.
“The key objectives in these areas are to meet the requirements of the immediate local rural community who have a genuine housing requirement, and to direct urban generated housing development into the adjoining towns and villages.”
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