RTPI Ireland has welcomed the appointment of Gregory Jones QC LARTPI (pictured left) as Chair of the External Review Group appointed to undertake an independent organisational review of An Bord Pleanála (The Planning Board). Mr Jones is a Legal Associate of RTPI.
The review group was announced by Minister Alan Kelly and has been asked to make recommendations to the Minister to support the Board in its operations, with a view to ensuring that it is appropriately positioned and fit for purpose from an organisational perspective to achieve its legislative mandate.
The review has been asked to take account of the anticipated increase in construction activity; the increasingly complex and changing national and EU legislative and policy context within which the Board operates; the need for more effective co-ordination of the planning permission process with other development consent and licencing systems; the appropriateness of the current legislation governing the functions of the Board; the increase in functions being assigned to the Board; the systems and procedures in the Board; the organisational structure; and the implications of proposed changes to the planning system, including the establishment of the Office of the Planning Regulator.
Conor Norton, RTPI Ireland Chair, said:
“This review will have a significant influence on the future focus and operations of An Bord Pleanála. RTPI Ireland is keen to engage fully with it and will be writing to Mr Jones to offer our assistance and feed in our views.
"It is important to ensure that the review ties in with the development of the new Regulator. It should also safeguard the Board's independence and recognise the fact that the organisation came through the construction-based boom economy of the Celtic Tiger era with its reputation intact.”