Planning is sometimes cited as a barrier to growth, but evidence supporting this claim is scarce. Where planning is having a positive impact on growth it should be pointed out. When planning is not it should be determined whether it is responding to other important needs such as social or environmental concerns, or whether the system can be improved upon. With this in mind this conference will ask:
- How and where is the planning system effectively achieving sustainable economic growth? Can lessons be replicated elsewhere?
- Are there actions Government, local authorities and other leaders can take to improve upon the planning system’s ability to promote sustainable economic growth?
- How and where are planning authorities using more user and business friendly approaches? How can planning authorities be supported to further develop these approaches?
- How can we simultaneously achieve three pillars of sustainability (economic, environmental, social needs) creating win-win-win outcomes?
The event will allow delegates to hear about examples of planning supporting sustainable economic growth at different levels, from range of perspectives and from Ireland and beyond.
10.00 Welcome and Introduction - Marion Chalmers, Chair, RTPI Ireland
10.05 Ministerial Address - Paudie Coffey TD, Minister for Housing and Planning
10.25 Presidential Address - Cath Ranson, President, Royal Town Planning Institute
Local Perspectives on Sustainable Economic Growth
10.40 The Cork Experience - Pat Ledwidge, Cork City Council (invited)
11.00 Developing Grangegorman, Dublin - Terry Prendergast, Senior Planner, Grangegorman Development Agency
11.20 Tea and coffee
11.45 Communities, Regeneration and Planning - Michael Corr, Creative Director, PLACE Northern Ireland
12.05 Rural Areas – Alternative Approaches – Ciaran Lynch, Limerick Institute of Technology
Regional and National Perspectives
14.00 Lessons from Scotland on Strategic and National Planning? – Stuart Tait, Manager, Clyde Plan
14.20 Planning’s Role in Supporting Economic Growth - Chris McGarry, Head of Planning, NAMA
14.50 Tea and coffee
Big Picture Perspectives
15.10 What about the Environment? - Tadhg O’Mahony, Senior Scientific Officer Environmental Protection Agency
15.30 Planning Horizons: Creating Economically Successful Places - Michael Harris, Deputy Head of Policy and Research, Royal Town Planning Institute
16.00 Closing Remarks - Marion Chalmers, Chair, RTPI Ireland
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