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Policy and Research



RTPI Ireland responds to a number of consultations on policy issues in Ireland. You can read the latest policy responses here. If you want to get involved with the work of RTPI Ireland please email us on or call us on 08925 15649.  

Recent Policy Responses

Office of the Planning Regulator Draft Strategic Plan

12 September 2019

In its submission to the OPR RTPI Ireland has welcomed its establishment and the roles that it will undertake on assessing local authority and regional assembly forward planning, including development plans, local area plans, regional spatial and economic strategies; the organisational review of the systems and procedures used by any planning authority, including An Bord Pleanála, in the performance of any of their planning functions; and in driving national research, training, education and public information programmes.  The submission also outlined ways in which the OPR and RTPI Ireland could work together.  You can read our submission here.

Strategic Housing Development consultation

14 August 2019

RTPI Ireland has responded to a public consultation from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government reviewing the planning provisions regarding Strategic Housing Developments.  This outlined how the Institute still has concerns about the Strategic Housing Developments process 'centralising' decision making to An Bord Pleanála. It says that this cannot continue indefinitely, although we appreciate that there can be specific circumstances in a time of housing crisis where this approach may be appropriate on a temporary basis.  You can read the submission here.

Draft National Marine Planning Framework

7 August 2019

RTPI Ireland has responded to the Marine Planning Policy Statement consultation draft where we have welcomed the publication of the document.  We are especially pleased to see the recognition of a need for a strong link between marine and terrestrial planning and that efforts are being made to ensure that these are joined up.  You can read our submission here.

Consultation on National Marine Plan baseline report

7 December 2018

RTPI Ireland submitted a response which welcomes the publication of the baseline report. Marine Spatial Planning is an important function, especially given a rise in competing demands in the marine environment. It is essential therefore that the Government continues to maintain this as a priority.  In doing this RTPI Ireland considers that there must be a recognition of the link between marine and terrestrial planning. Read the response here.

Draft Urban Development and Building Height Guidelines for Planning Authorities

24 September 2018

The RTPI Ireland response generally welcomed that the guidelines:

  • identify the need for intensification along existing and proposed high capacity sustainable transport routes
  • identify well located areas with lesser sensitivities that are suitable for higher densities
  • remove the relationship between height and use
  • set out that height is to be determined by performance criteria rather than 'generic' height limits criteria.

 Read the response here.

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