Concern over occupancy clauses in planning permissions

A Sligo councillor says occupancy clauses included in planning permissions from local authorities may be against a recent European Court ruling upholding the free movement of people.

The so-called Flemish decree has already resulted in some local authorities having to change their county development plans.

That’s in cases where local authorities insisted only people connected to an area can build a house in that area.

Meanwhile, occupancy clauses demand that a person live in a house they build for a certain number of years.

But now, West Sligo Independent Councillor Michael Clarke says that can result in people not being able to sell their house and move to another area, such as for the purposes of taking up a new job.

He outlined the current situation to Ocean FM News: