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Right To Build Your Own Home Maintained In New Rural Housing Regs

The measure was thought to be under threat based on the environmental impact of one-off builds

New housing regulations will include the right to build your own home in rural areas.

The measure was thought to be under threat based on the environmental impact of one-off builds.

The new guidelines clearly will state that those who have a need to build their own home in rural Ireland will be permitted to do so if they have a clear economic or social need. An economic need could be those who work in rural Ireland, whether this be on a farm or in a rural-based enterprise.

The new guidelines will be released for public consultation before Christmas.

Minister of State for Planning and Local Government and Longofrd-Westmeath TD Peter Burke says planning authorities can exercise their own discretion in order to "get the balance right". 

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