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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.  

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.

New Minister

27 June 2017

RTPI Ireland has writtent to new Planning Minister Eoghan Murphy TD welcoming his appointment and requesting a meeting.

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.

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.

New Minister

RTPI Ireland has written to new Housing, Planning and Local Government Minister Simon Coveney congratulating him on his appointment and asking to meet with him to discuss planning for housing and the new planning review. You can read the letter 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

Recent Policy Responses


Water Services Strategic Plan

RTPI Ireland has responded to the Issues Paper published by Irish Water on the Water Services Strategic Plan. You can read our response here - September 2014

Strategic Development Zones

RTPI Ireland has been consulted by DOECLG on future approaches to SDZs. Contact us on if you want to read what we said - September 2014

Green Paper on Energy Policy for Ireland

RTPI Ireland has responded to the Green Paper on an Energy Policy for Ireland. You can read our response here - July 2014

Scoping Report on Low Carbon Roadmapping for the Built Environment

We have sent comments to the Department of Community, Environment and Local Government and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources on their Scoping Report on Low-Carbon Roadmapping for the Built Environment Sector. You can read the response here - May 2014

Development Management Regulations

Submission to the Department of Communities, Environmnet and Local Government consultation on on Development Management Guidelines, Planning Application Process & Exempted Development - Submission to Department of Community, Environment and Local Government - March 2014


Submission to inform the development of a National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development in Ireland  - November 2013


Letter to Minister Hogan regarding the reconfiguration of An Bord Pleanla - December 2011

Letter to Dublin City Councilregarding proposed User Groups December 2011

Submission on the Draft Retail Planning Guidelines December 2011

Letter to Minister Varadkar regarding the Greater Dublin Area Transport Strategy January 2011

Copy Letter to Minister OSullivan regarding the Greater Dublin Area Transport Strategy January 2012

Letter published in the Irish Times regarding the reconfiguration of An Bord Pleanla January 2012

Unfinished Housing Estate Consultation(pdf)

Consultation Response on Nama(pdf)

In 2004 RTPI Ireland published a study into the feasibility of Planning Aid in the Republic of Ireland.

The feasability of Planning Aid in the Republic of Ireland (pdf)



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