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Access to Housing
I have MCS &/or Allergy. Where can I live?
There are no hard and fast rules to help with finding somewhere safe to live. Each locality has it's own advantages and disadvantages. The best place I think to start is locally, somewhere you can visit regularly to test for 'adverse reactions' and investigate the area for existing or proposed industries, golf courses, nurseries etc. The background information you may need is to some extent available from your local council - Zoning areas - Rural, Industrial, Residential i.e. the potential location of businesses or industries.
Having established what your main problem chemicals are Eg pesticides, herbicides, you will need to be careful to not be near golf courses,plant nurseries, hard wood or soft wood plantations etc that can be predicated to have high usage. These same types of chemicals (herbicides, fungicides, insecticides etc) are also used by local councils to maintain roadways, parks, gardens etc - so again it would not be a good idea to move away from the golf course to a house on the edge of parkland without checking what chemicals are used to maintain the parkland.
Because of the wide usage of all types of chemicals there is no one area that is completely clear of toxic pollutants. There is usually some compromises that have have to be made especially when schools and places of work are a prime factor. Perhaps some weekend drives around your area would be somewhere to start, decide on how far out (in kms) you would like to go from the center (the schools and work places), circle it on a map and go from there. When you decide on an area you think you might like - go back a few times and find out what's around and potentially going to cause you a problem.
It is not an easy task and there are no guarantees that you will be 100% successful. Even extensive research on a proposed location can go wrong. We moved to a small village in NSW (Pop ~350) only to find out 18 months later that an Industrial Estate was being proposed for the village! That's why we now live on 104 acres out of town!
The information contained in the two pages links are an attempt to assist individuals with Allergy and Chemicals Sensitivity in trying to find somewhere to live.