Clare County Council is expected to “freeze” more than 4,000 acres zoned for housing around Ennis in response to Department of the Environment concerns about “unjustified and unsustainable” overzoning in various parts of the country.
In a letter to the council, the department has set a deadline for it to address the overzoning for housing in the Ennis development plan. It has warned that if the council has not provided a solution by October 16th, Minister for the Environment John Gormley will “be forced to direct the council to make the necessary changes to the adopted plan with immediate effect”.
The Ennis area has a population of 28,700 and official forecasts say there will be an increase of only 6,300 by 2020.
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