‘Bungalow Blitz’ another nail in the coffin for towns and villages
The Government must not deviate from plans to restrict one-off rural housing
So far, only the Green Party has insisted that the Government must not deviate from plans to restrict one-off rural housing under the national planning framework. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien
Just over 30 years ago, I wrote about the rampant suburbanisation of Ireland’s countryside by “one-off” houses in a three-part series we called Bungalow Blitz – a play on the title of amateur architect Jack Fitzsimons’ best-selling Bungalow Bliss, which had become the pattern book for those seeking to realise their dream of living in a rural area, removed from cities or towns.
The series was controversial, judging from the huge response it provoked. Many people in Dublin and other cities could see that the phenomenon of colonising the countryside with urban-generated housing was already getting out of hand, even in 1987. But there were others who branded it as a metropolitan assault on rural Ireland, a full-frontal attack on the “right” of people to build wherever they liked.