At Monday’s Special Planning Meeting, of Meath County Council, councillors discussed the material amendment recommendation on rural housing.

Cllr Brian Fitzgerald (IND), was the first to speak on the recommendation and he urged his colleagues to reject the Chief Executive’s proposals.

Cllr Joe Fox (FG), who was in support of Cllr Fitzgerald, recommended that they immediately go for a vote on this subject, as they have “debated all
this before”.

Cllr Paul McCabe (FF) was also in support of Cllr Fitzgerald and stated that the Chief Executive’s Recommendations “would severally restrict the construction of one-off houses inrural county Meath”.

Throughout the Special Planning meeting, councillors reiterated that there is a need for more housing as there is a housing crisis and the need to follow the
government’s Housing for All plan.

The recommendation went to a vote, with 37 councillors voting to reject the Chief ExecutiveRecommendations, none accepting but 3 were absent. McCabe called this vote a “victory for rural Meath people, for our rural businesses, Post Offices and schools”.
The issue will now go to the National Planning Regulator.