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RTPI Ireland: Blueprint for country needs buy-in across Government and the right priorities

27 September 2017

RTPI Ireland has welcomed the Irish Government’s publication of the draft National Planning Framework (NPF), but warns that its success relies upon buy-in across Government departments and agencies as well as a focus on economic growth.

The Irish Government’s “Ireland 2040 – Our Plan” is essentially the long term strategic planning framework for the country’s future growth and prosperity. It will guide national, regional and local planning opportunities throughout the Republic together with investment decisions for at least the next two decades.

John Downey, Chair of RTPI Ireland, said:

“The National Planning Framework needs to be a core strategy recognised across all Government departments as the central spatial plan that influences their policy, strategies and investment decisions. Given this, it is good to see support given at its launch by Ministers covering a range of departments.

"It should learn from the mistakes of the previous National Spatial Strategy which attempted to spread development and investment too thinly to every part of Ireland.  We need to build on this and ensure it provides a clear and ambitious framework for making often difficult decisions required on the future of Ireland which can provide certainty and confidence for communities, developers and investors. 

"In doing this the NPF needs to support a planned growth of Dublin to maintain its position as an international competitive economic region with the infrastructure, services and facilities its residents and businesses require. 

“Bearing this in mind, RTPI Ireland will be undertaking a thorough and detailed examination of the document before publishing a considered and evidence based response by the 3 November deadline.” 

RTPI Ireland previously published a think piece setting out 10 principles for the NPF .