Planning

"Bad planning is not a victimless crime," commented Dr. Berna Grist of UCD recently. An Taisce engages in the planning process with a view to having law and policy properly applied, for the good of communities.

3rd February 2017

The Built Environment unit of An Taisce took time over January to review the very popular database for structures at risk, which was originally released in November 2014. In this we published some 100 buildings and structures at risk which were considered significant nationally and regionally and required intervention to prevent further deterioration. If you would like to read the full publication, please click here.

24th September 2018

Introduction

An Taisce supports the objectives of the National Planning Framework (hereafter “the NPF”) in providing for better designed and higher density urban areas and neighborhoods with walkable and public transport connectivity to services, employment and amenities. The pattern of low density suburban car based sprawl which has characterised much of the development of the last number of decades is unsustainable.

13th September 2018

The Built Environment unit of An Taisce took time over the summer to review the very popular database for structures at risk, which was originally released in November 2014. In this we are tracking some 120 buildings and structures at risk which were considered significant nationally and regionally and required intervention to prevent further deterioration. While there has been progress in securing certain buildings particularly in the Dublin City area, the majority of buildings recorded remain at risk and are becoming increasingly lost.

17th May 2018

An Taisce have today a submitted a legal complaint to Sligo County Council regarding the recent advertisement on Ben Bulben. [1]

As the mountain is part of a sensitive rural landscape in a visually vulnerable and surrounded by scenic routes, all designated under the Sligo County Development Plan 2017-2023, there is a requirement to obtain planning permission and no exemptions apply.

21st February 2018
21st February 2018
21st February 2018
16th February 2018

Ireland is badly missing its EU climate action targets, and will face increasing exposure and cost from storm and flood impact. Decades of bad planning have left a legacy of car based dispersed sprawl, with climate, air pollution, congestion and other adverse social, economic environmental impacts.

The previous attempt at national strategic planning the 2002 National Spatial Strategy designated too many regional growth centres as gateways and hubs, and failed to control one off rural housing dispersal.

7th February 2018

The Government’s plan to shorten the period to initiate a Judicial Review in the case of Critical Infra-Structure from 8 to 4 weeks goes against key requirements of the Aarhus Convention.

Currently there is an 8 week window to make an application to the court for leave to Judicially Review planning decisions. Within that period you need to get hold of the decision and understand what legal issues there are with it, and to request information which you may need to inform your decision to challenge.

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