News from South Tipperary and National Issues

Wednesday December 20, 2017
Vacant shops could soon be turned into homes to help tackle the housing shortage in Tipperary, Fine Gael Councillor, Michael Murphy, has said. Proposals have been brought forward to Government today for vacant commercial premises to be made into housing without the need for planning permission. Councillor Murphy said: “These draft regulations, if approved by the Oireachtas, will allow the conversion of certain vacant commercial premises here in Tipperary such as empty retail units and “over the shop” type spaces to homes without the need for planning permission. “This will have the dual benefit of creating urgently needed housing supply in high demand areas, while at the same time breathing new life into our towns and urban areas- many of which have been adversely affected by the economic downturn. “Fine Gael in Government is fully committed to bringing as many vacant properties as possible back into use and maximising the use of existing resources.” Councillor Murphy continued: “These new regulations- brought forward by my Fine Gael colleagues, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and Minister of State Damien English, will make it easier for property owners to re-imagine the use of vacant and under-used buildings without having to go through the planning process. “These are the first of a series of measures being developed by my Department to streamline the various regulatory requirements relating to the conversion of vacant spaces for residential use”. “We want to once again show how the planning system can be responsive to current needs and demands, by removing the need for planning consent where appropriate and thereby provide greater efficiencies in the system. “All elements of the three sets of proposals brought forward today have the potential to have a very real and positive impact on the people of Tipperary. “The Joint Oireachtas Committee will discuss these proposals in early 2018 so that the new provisions can be brought into operation as soon as possible," concluded Cllr Murphy. END. Note to Editors: The Planning Act provides that the Minister may make regulations to provide that certain classes of development shall be exempted from the requirement to obtain planning permission. The three sets of draft exempted development regulations now proposed relate to exemptions for: development by Irish Water related to the provision of water services and the undertaking of normal day to day activities relating to same, such as maintenance type works, the change of use, and any related works, relating to the conversion of vacant commercial premises for residential use (subject to certain limitations), on foot of the commitment in Rebuilding Ireland in this regard, and amending existing provisions relating to certain works by statutory undertakers in providing telecommunications services, to support the rollout of the National Broadband Plan and extended mobile phone coverage.

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Roads - 1890 923 948
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