5 years ago I got the strongest restrictions on house building in Wicklow to apply between the main road and the sea on Bray Head. As a result only farmers who need to look after their land are allowed build there. In the previous 20 years there had been 26 planning applications to build houses on Cliff Road, Windgates. Minister of State, Dick Roche T.D. (Fianna Fail) has written at least 20 letters to planning officials urging them to allow houses on the Greystones side of Bray Head.
In contrast to his attitude the change in the planning rules, which I promoted, has prevented the one off houses which one sees being constructed in many other places. I am working to ensure these restrictions continue in the next Development Plan and to continue to improve the Cliff Walk. I was also very supportive of the Special Amenity Area Order for the area.