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Irish planners call on government to be ‘truly ambitious’ in new national plan

06 February 2017

four courtsThe Irish 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 following its launch yesterday.

The NPF will set a new strategic planning and development context for all the regions across Ireland between now and 2040. It sets a strategic, high-level framework for the co-ordination of a range of national, regional and local authority policies and activities, planning and investment.

To be effective, the NPF must be linked directly with planning policy, based on sound evidence and monitored. RTPI Ireland has advised the plan must set priorities and drive action from a national level down in combination with ‘bottom up’ community engagement and empowerment. They want to see the government use the planning system as a means of demonstrating national leadership and for making tough decisions that can bring short, medium and long-term benefit.  

John Downey, Chair of RTPI Ireland, said

“The National Planning Framework should be truly ambitious to deliver sustainable development, long term economic growth and a plan for tackling climate change.

We call on the Government to clearly outline how the nation can deliver these objectives through a plan-led approach which incorporates the spatial context across the short, medium and long term.

It must become the key spatial plan for Government that influences strategies and resource allocation to provide certainty and confidence for communities, developers and investors.”

The Irish Government’s consultation for the NPF called “Ireland 2040 – Our Plan”, includes ten forums across the country along with two rounds of public consultation.

RTPI Ireland is a part of the NPF Advisory Group, providing advice and evidence to government on the best approach for the plan. RTPI Ireland is consulting widely with its members to offer constructive ideas to influence government and help shape its vision.

Contact RTPI Ireland to get involved.