Exceptional Health Circumstances

The Sustainable Rural Housing Guidelines (2005,) state that when Planning Authorities area making assessments regarding applications for single rural dwellings they must be “sensitive in the treatment of applicants”.  In particular “planning authorities should recognise that exceptional health circumstances – supported by relevant documentation from a registered medical practitioner and a disability organisation – may require a person to live in a particular environment or close to family support. In such cases, and in the absence of any strong environmental, access or traffic reasons for refusal, a planning authority should consider granting permission, subject (where appropriate) to conditions regarding occupancy” (s.4.3).

Please be advised that Planning Authorities will insist on the need to provide documentary evidence to support any such application; it is not enough simply to state that the applicant has a health condition that nessecitates living in a particular rural area.  This evidence should be presented with the initial application so as to avoid further information requests which hold up the application process.


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