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National Planning Framework Consultation
6 October 2017
The government have recently published a draft of the National Planning Framework (Ireland 2040: Our Plan -) see here. RTPI Ireland we have submitted an initial submission to the "Issue and Choices Paper" issued by the NPF. You can read this here.
Following the publication of the draft, RTPI Ireland have set up a committee to respond to this important planning document. They are meeting on the 13th of October to discuss the response. The deadline for response is the 3rd of November. Any members who wish to participate in this are welcomed but we would need to know this in writing on or before the 11th of October. Please contact Catherine Bolster if you are interested. We would also welcome any comments or submission that you have on this to feed into the discussion in drafting our response and therefore we would encourage RTPI Members send any initial comments or themes that we should be examining at our initial meeting on the 13th of October at 10 am. We also welcome in addition or separately, any submission / comments to be considered for inclusion in the overall RTPI Ireland submission. These would need to be received no later than 1700 hrs on the 27th of October. We would appreciate it if these include specifics to the actual draft plan contents itself and references to page numbers, sections, etc.
Please then address them with the subject line as NPF and email to Catherine Bolster Catherine.Bolster@rtpi.org.uk . They will be kept confidential.
Planning Across Boundaries in a Changing Context
24 October 2017
A Joint RTPI Ireland and RTPI Northern Ireland event
The onset of Brexit, relatively new arrangements on planning in Northern Ireland and the development of a new National Planning Framework in Ireland present challenges and opportunities for planning across the border nationally and locally.This conference will explore the anticipated implications North and South of the Border. What will it mean for strategic infrastructure projects? How will Councils on the border be affected? How will transboundary applications be handled? What are the wider sector consequences? Full details here.
Annual Law Seminar
9 October 2017
The RTPI Ireland Annual Law Seminar takes place on Monday 9 October in The Venue, Wood Quay Dublin featuring presentations by Eamonn Kelly MRTPI and by Garrett Simons SC. Details and booking are available here
Rebuilding Ireland Review
11 August 2017
RTPI Ireland has responded to the Review of the Government's Rebuiliding Ireland stratgey. You can read our response here.
27 June 2017
RTPI Ireland has writtent to new Planning Minister Eoghan Murphy TD welcoming his appointment and requesting a meeting.
National Planning Framework Consultation
31 March 2017
RTPI Ireland has responded to the 'Ireland 2040 Our Plan - National Planning Framework' consultation setting out principles we feel the NPF should work to. It also outlines comments on the spatial strategy and hierarchy; responses and values; and governance and oversight. You can read the response here
6 February 2017
The Government's new National Planning Framework (NPF) is a great opportunity to provide a clear route map to a better Ireland in uncertain times, said RTPI Ireland.
National Planning Framework Advisory Group
RTPI Ireland Chair has been asked to sit on the National Planning Framework Advisory Group. As part of this RTPI Ireland has submitted a paper to Government setting out key principles that the NPF should have and key outcomes it shuld aspire to achieve. You can read the paper here.
The RTPI Ireland Annual Report has been published setting out the work undertaken throughout the year, including member events, policy and public affairs. You can read the report here.
The RTPI Ireland Annual dinner took place on the evening of 10 November in the Alexander Hotel in Dublin. Guest of Honour was Phil Williams, President of RTPI.
The dinner co-incided with the President's visit to Dublin and Cork. You can read about the vsiit here.
RTPI Ireland has written to new Housing, Planning and Local Government Minister Simon Coveney congratulating him on his appointment and asking to meet with him to discuss planning for housing and the new planning review. You can read the letter here.
Commitee on Housing and Homelessness
We have submitted evidence to the Committee on Housing and Homelessness emphasising the important role that planning has to play in increasing housing supply. You can read our submision here.
We have published our manifesto for the General Election. This sets out 8 actions we would like the new Government to take. They are to:
- provide a quality home for everyone who needs one
- ensure that planning authorities have the resources they need
- support and assist communities to shape the place they live in
- support and protect rural villages, town centres and city centres
- invest in infrastructure
- allow planning to coordinate policy approaches and resource allocation
- set out a clear, integrated framework for energy
- establish an independent and adequately resourced Planning Regulator
Read more here. Read the manifesto here.
Developing a planning research agenda for Ireland
This project sets out a framework for developing a research agenda for planning in Ireland. It focuses on the kind of research which helps planners and policymakers to develop and revitalise Ireland's towns, cities and rural areas.
This research was commissioned by RTPI Ireland and conducted by Brendan O'Sullivan, Jonathan Hall, William Brady and Eimear Murphy at the Centre for Planning, Education and Research, University College Cork.
The full report and a summary briefing are now available for this project. you can also read more here.
RTPI Ireland submission on review of An Bord Pleanála
We submitted written evidence and were called to give oral evidence in November. Our response highlighted the impeccable reputation of ABP and discusses issues including independence and impartiality; the appointment of the Chair and Board; corporate governance; management; decision making processes; oral hearings; skills; relationship with the proposed Regulator; and performance. You can read our written evidence here.