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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

Consultation on National Marine Plan baseline report

December 2018

Application of EU rules related to the recognition of professional qualifications in anticipation of the UK's withdrawal from the EU

September 2018

Draft Urban Development and Building Height Guidelines for Planning Authorities

September 2018

Bringing Back Homes Manual for the Reuse of Existing Buildings

August 2018

Design Standards for New New Apartments - Guidelines for Planning Authorities

January 2018

National Planning Framework

October 2017

RTPI Ireland inputted to the consultation on the draft National PLanning Framework.  YOu can read our response here.

Rebuilding Ireland Review

11 August 2017

RTPI Ireland has responded to the Review of the Government's Rebuiliding Ireland stratgey. You can read our response here.

National Planning Framework Consultation

March 2017

RTPI Ireland has responded to the 'Ireland 2040 Our Plan - National Planning Framework' consultation setting out principles we feel the NPF should work to. It also outlines comments on the spatial strategy and hierarchy; responses and values; and governance and oversight. You can read the response here.

Previous Policy Responses

National Planning Framework Advisory Group

December 2016

RTPI Ireland Chair has been asked to sit on the National Planning Framework Advisory Group.   As part of this RTPI Ireland has submitted a paper to Government setting out key principles that the NPF should have and key outcomes it shuld aspire to achieve. You can read the paper here.

Commitee on Housing and Homelessness

We have submitted evidence to the Committee on Housing and Homelessness emphasising the important role that planning has to play in increasing housing supply. You can read our submision here.

Election Manifesto

February 2016

RTPI Ireland has published a manifesto for the General Election. This sets out 8 actions we would like the new Government to take. They are to:

  • provide a quality home for everyone who needs one
  • ensure that planning authorities have the resources they need
  • support and assist communities to shape the place they live in
  • support and protect rural villages, town centres and city centres
  • invest in infrastructure
  • allow planning to coordinate policy approaches and resource allocation
  • set out a clear, integrated framework for energy
  • establish an independent and adequately resourced Planning Regulator

Read the manifesto here.

Developing a planning research agenda for Ireland

February 2016

This project sets out a framework for developing a research agenda for planning in Ireland. It focuses on the kind of research which helps planners and policymakers to develop and revitalise Ireland's towns, cities and rural areas.

This research was commissioned by RTPI Ireland and conducted by Brendan O'Sullivan, Jonathan Hall, William Brady and Eimear Murphy at the Centre for Planning, Education and Research, University College Cork.

The full report and a summary briefing are now available for this project. you can also read more here.

Review of An Bord Pleanála

November 2015

RTPI Ireland has provided written evidence and was called to give oral evidence in November.  Our response highlighted the impeccable reputation of ABP and discusses issues including independence and impartiality; the appointment of the Chair and Board; corporate governance; management; decision making processes; oral hearings; skills; relationship with the proposed Regulator; and performance.  You can read it here.  

Zoned and Serviced Land 

We have responded to the Department of Finance's consultation on The Potential of Taxation Measures to Encourage Development of Zoned and Serviced Land. Key points made include that any approaches to be taken forward on this issue should work hand in hand with the planning system and use it constructively and that they should:

  • be spatial and tailored to meet specific local circumstances. 
  • be plan-based and embedded in approaches outlined therein. 
  • combine approaches that provide both 'carrot and stick'

You can read our full response here.

Planning across council boundaries vital to meeting future community needs

RTPI has pubilshed a new report which makes the case for effective strategic planning, based on six general principles, showing how councils can work together across their boundaries, in order to better coordinate the provision of housing,  jobs, infrastructure and other services. The report contains a number of recommendations for fresh approaches to strategic planning in each of the UK's four nations and the Republic of Ireland. More details

New Planning Policy Statement and Draft Planning and Development (No.2) Bill 2014

RTPI Ireland has welcomed the new planning documents released by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government on 15 January 2015. RTPI Ireland will be keen to engage with Ministers and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to clarify the Planning Policy Statement's status and how it will be monitored and reviewed. Read the full press release here.

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