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Planning for Housing: Barriers and Opportunties

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 at 1:30PM - 4:30PM
The College of Anaesthetists of Ireland, 22 Merion Square, Dublin
RTPI Members: €30 Non Members €40
Students and Unwaged €30


More than ever there is huge pressure on the planning system to deliver housing development – the right development in the right place at the right time. But what needs to be done to ensure that this happens? This conference will explore what planners can do to stimulate development by providing different perspectives from experts in the field covering issues such as affordable housing, design, financing, infrastructure and land assembly. It will allow for discussion what can be done to balance the needs of delivering large numbers of new housing whilst creating quality and sustainable homes and places. And it will ask how we can ensure that the planning system is fit for purpose to take this forward by identifying the opportunities and barriers faced to solve the housing  crisis.


13.30  Registration – tea and coffee will be served

14.00  Welcome and Introduction - John Downey, Chair, RTPI Ireland

14.05  A Planning System to Deliver Housing - Niall Cussen, Principle Planner, Department of

          Community, Environment and Local Government

14.25  Stimulating Development: Planning as a Solution? - Conor Skehan, Chair, Housing Agency 

14.45  Delivering at the Sharp End: a local perspective - Pat Doyle, Chief Executive, Peter McVerry


15.05  The Economic Perspective - Colm McCarthy, University College Dublin

15.25  Discussion

16.15  Close 


RTPI Members: €30

Students: €15

Non-Members: €40

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For further details contact Catherine Bolster on or 08925 15649