M. Gkartzios and M. Norris
Land Use Policy, vol. 28, 2011, p. 486-494
The Rural Renewal Scheme provided fiscal incentives to subsidise the construction and renovation of houses and business premises in a declining rural area of north-west Ireland. Analysis reveals that the scheme was successful in stemming population decline and increasing housing output. It also contributed to significant employment generation, although mainly in construction. However the scheme had significant unintended negative consequences, most notably over-production of housing, which in turn contributed to high vacancy rates. These negative impacts are linked to over-centralised programme design and implementation, a particular pro-development ethos among rural local authorities and poor linkages with wider rural and regional development policies.