This story was passed to me yesterday:
In a report published in October, the Copenhagen-based agency focused on
Uhel, who heads the EEA's spatial analysis unit, is reported in The Irish Times as saying that Ireland was "very much on the map in relation to urban sprawl - not just in Dublin, but also around towns and villages throughout the country" as a result of "extremely passive" planning policies.
"When we got the first results, we were absolutely surprised. We couldn't believe what we saw on the maps, because they showed that sprawl was so extensive in a country where the geography is not designed for such a thing."
Although sprawl was happening all over
The report is against a backdrop of countries like
The report will show that new roads "attract urban sprawl, not just around big cities but in the countryside too".
In the 1990s alone, he pointed out, sprawl in
Uhel says that one of the main purposes of the report was to "say to our neighbours [ in central and eastern Europe] not to make the same mistakes" and instead, to follow the example of cities such as
"We want to show what kind of options a city has during a period of positive development - either you control it or you let it go. In that respect,
In reference to the proliferation of housing in rural areas, Uhel said farmers were "making huge income from selling sites, much more than they would make if they worked the rest of their lives" and this had "huge implications for the countryside".
Three-quarters of all Europeans now live in urban areas and this is expected to rise to 90 per cent by 2020 based on current trends