Urgent consultation between residents, business interests and the county council needs to take place to to address planning concerns in West Kerry.
That’s according to Dingle chef and restaurateur Martin Bealin, speaking in the wake of criticism by some people in West Kerry that they cannot acquire planning in the place they were born and grew up.
There’s a particular concern that Irish speakers are being forced out of the Gaeltacht amid claims they cannot build on their own land and due to a shortage of long-term rental properties.
Mr Bealin, the head chef at Global Village in Dingle, says planning legislation needs to be devised which addresses local people’s needs, alongside developing sustainable tourism.
He said all stakeholders need to urgently confer on the direction and development of the Dingle Peninsula, to ensure balance:
In response, the Irish Planning Institute says “hard decisions” will have to be made on continuing to allow people to build new houses in the open countryside.
It believes “villages and towns are a sustainable way forward”.