Rural Dwellings for persons working in the Kildare Bloodstock Industry

The current Kildare County Development Plan contains a list of categories which people must qualify under if they are to obtain planning permission to build a house in the rural parts of the county (i.e. Local Need Categories).  One of the categories (Category No.2) specifically relates to the bloodstock industry.  It states that

“Persons whose full time employment is in the bloodstock industry, forestry or horticulture and who can demonstrate a need to live in a rural area in the immediate vicinity of their employment in order to carry out their employment and that they have been engaged in this form of employment for a period of over five years.”

The key aspects of this category are:

  • Full-time employment in the bloodstock industry for a period of over 5 years. 

 This is relatively straight forward. The Council will require a letter from your employer(s) stating the duration of current & previous employment, for a minimum period of 5 years and a copy of relevant P60’s. The copies of the P60’s must be certified by commissioner of oaths/solicitor.

 If self-employed you will be required to submit relevant Notice of Assessment.  The copies of same will need to be certified by commissioner of oaths/solicitor.

 A letter from Teagasc/Dept. of Agriculture is also required.

  • Demonstrate a need to live in the rural area in immediate vicinity of employment in order to carry out employment.

 This is often the more difficult of the two requirements as the onus is on the applicant to show the Council that he/she has to live at the location where they are applying for.  The key question that the planner will ask themselves when assessing the application is why can’t the applicant live elsewhere i.e. urban settlement and simply drive to their place of work each day.

 In addition to the above the Council also seek a copy of deeds indicating land in ownership.

As can been seen it is imperative that the applicant takes the time to have the relevant documents ready to submit with the application and more importantly to present a strong and considered argument to the Council to support their case.  Too often I see applications being lodged without any attempt to make a case to the planners. This simply results in the application being held up with a raft of further information requests or, a refusal.  It is not enough to just submit drawings and maps, these must be accompanied by a detailed letter/report demonstrating how the applicant complies with the relevant planning policies in the development plan.  This report/letter should not limit itself to just showing how the applicant complies with the local needs category but must also address the other planning issues which pertain to the site (i.e. heritage designations, visual impact, traffic safety, previous planning conditions etc).

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