Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies - Is planning a useful tool to protect the environment?

10th January 2018

Dear Member,

Due to illness we have had to postpone our workshop to Wednesday 10th January – which gives you more time to book.

It’s not too late to book for the Planning Workshop being organised by An Taisce in Tailors Hall on January 10th 10.30-4.00pm

It’s free – but please book here, to allow us to track numbers and arrange for lunch (sandwiches):

The aim is to help environmentalists use the planning system to achieve their goal of protecting the built and natural environment.

Following the hugely contested draft National Planning Framework the government is now inviting pre-draft submissions to the new Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies.

How should we respond? It’s not easy but during the day we will offer some suggestions and useful approaches.

The final programme will be circulated to registered attendees later this week with appropriate handouts but as an example the day will cover topics such as:

  • Introduction and a brief account of what planning can achieve
  • The current status of National Planning Framework and Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies
  • What questions have the government asked us to respond to?
  • The importance of Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • A guided discussion on how local input can be valuable

Presentations will be kept short with plenty of time for questions and discussion