This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best possible experience. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with this. You can find out more about how we use cookies here. If you would like to know more about cookies, or how you can delete them, click here.

Ireland planners’ manifesto sets out 8 priorities for the election

11 February 2016

Manifesto2RTPI Ireland has today published its manifesto for the 2016 General Election.

In summary

Creating a new independent planning regulator, establishing a Cabinet Minister for Planning, Infrastructure and Built Environment, properly resourcing planning authorities and building new homes, are at the heart of a package of measures the parties are being asked to endorse.

The manifesto sets out eight key actions where planning has an important role to play in enabling sustainable economic growth, sustainable development and social justice.

Our chair says:

John Downey, Chair of RTPI Ireland, pictured:

JD“Our list of priorities outlines how planning is important and should be seen and used as a key tool by the future Government.  Our manifesto sets out the pivotal role that planning can play in supporting Ireland to thrive and will allow the next government to plan more effectively to stimulate economic growth, to tackle homelessness and to build homes for those who need them, where they need them.  I urge all involved in the forthcoming election to take our proposals on board if they want to create a successful and sustainable Ireland.”

A Positive Planning System for Ireland

The manifesto – A Positive Planning System for Ireland - urges a future Government to prioritise the need to:

1.         Provide a quality home for everyone who needs one through taking a more active role in tackling homelessness and increasing the number of quality homes

2.         ensure that planning authorities have the resources they need by investing in the planning service, exploring ways of de-cluttering unneeded procedures and incentivising continuous improvement

3.         support and assist communities to shape the place they live in by establishing a Planning Aid service in Ireland

4.         support and protect rural villages, town centres and city centres by using planning policies to ensure new development looks to them as the first option

5.         invest in infrastructure by prioritising resources and using the proposed National Planning Framework to coordinate and influence investment

Our list of priorities outlines how planning is important and should be seen and used as a key tool by the future Government.  Our manifesto sets out the pivotal role that planning can play in supporting Ireland to thrive and will allow the next government to plan more effectively to stimulate economic growth, to tackle homelessness and to build homes for those who need them, where they need them.  I urge all involved in the forthcoming election to take our proposals on board if they want to create a successful and sustainable Ireland.

6.         allow planning to coordinate policy approaches and resource allocation through establishing a Cabinet Minister for Planning, Infrastructure and Built Environment to coordinate spatial strategies and to champion for quality placemaking

7.         set out a clear, integrated framework for energy by publishing a National Energy Strategy providing a clear evidence base and policy framework for decisions

8.         establish an independent and adequately resourced Planning Regulator that is independent of Government and able to regulate planning authorities, regional assemblies, utilities and politicians on planning issues

Planning has important roles to play in enabling sustainable economic growth, sustainable development and social justice. It does this through creating economically successful, attractive, healthy, safe and sustainable places that allow people to thrive.

More information

Read the full manifesto.

Find out more about RTPI Ireland.

Read the latest RTPI Ireland news.