I read an article discussing the blight the lax planning laws has wrought on Ireland's country side, sounds like its even worse than I thought.
Poland is an utter disaster in this respect. Between the utter lack of planning (not laws, there's plenty of them) and the reklama plague, Poland is destroying her countryside. All these morons with half finished houses - I mean, come on!
The UK system of making you either finish the house or demolishing it (and charging you for it) is far more sensible.
I think sister act was badly advised and under-prepared.
Quite normal here, I guess - people are utterly naive and expect things to work in exactly the same way.
I wouldn't build a house here, I simply haven't been here long enough.