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Incentives for town centre living

First-time buyers are to be offered incentives to live in the centre of provincial towns, new Rural Development Minister Heather Humphreys has revealed.

The scheme could be of immense benefit to rural towns throughout the country including those in County Roscommon.

In an interview in the Irish Independent this morning, Minister Humphreys said she wants to prioritise a scheme that will see young people migrate to ‘living on the main street’, rather than buying homes on the outskirts of towns.

The minister plans to make grants available for the restoration of some houses and is willing to change planning laws so that buildings zoned for retail purposes can then be re-designated for residential use.

You can read the full interview here

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