Dáil Éireann - Volume 638 - 27 September, 2007
Written Answers. - Planning Issues.
Deputy Pádraic McCormack Deputy Pádraic McCormack
Deputy Pádraic McCormack asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if discussions have taken place between him and his Department with EU Commissioner Charlie Mc Creevy in relation to the regulations for one-off houses; if discussions have taken place in this regard; if he or his Department has made any recommendations to the EU Commissioner in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21018/07]
Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív
 Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív: My officials and I have had no discussions with Commissioner McCreevy or his officials in relation to the Guidelines for Planning Authorities.
The guidelines, published by former Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Dick Roche T.D., provide a detailed framework for planners, based on the approach set out in the NSS regarding rural housing policy. The guidelines reflect my own view that rural housing within the confines of good planning practice is appropriate. These guidelines are important in ensuring clarity and consistency in the implementation by planning authorities of Government policy on rural housing. I have had discussions however in relation to this matter with my colleague the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
Dáil Éireann 638 Written Answers. Planning Issues.