THE Wicklow County Development Plan needs to nurture the rural nature of the county. On Monday members of Wicklow County Council agreed to put the draft of the County Development Plan for 2010 to 2016 on public display.
Director of Services Des O'Brien said that the council hoped to have the draft plan ready to consideration in July.
Cllr. Conal Kavanagh said that the council needed to identify small growth towns to develop them as rural clusters where the infrastructure would be put in place to sustain them.
Cllr. Jimmy O'Shaughnessy said it was a very important document and said 'if common sense had prevailed in the past we (the council) wouldn't need as many Section 140 requests to allow people who are born and reared in an area to get planning permission'.