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.

3rd December 2019

Ian Lumley, Head of Advocacy at An Taisce, will present at the UNFCCC COP25 meeting in Madrid, as part of a side event on Climate Heritage: Mobilizing the culture and heritage (1). The event takes place today, 3 Dec 2019, in the EU Pavilion.

An Taisce along with other National Trust members of the 70 strong International National Trust Organization (INTO) has joined to the Climate Heritage Network (2).

29th November 2019

Conversion of No. 15 Usher’s Island, setting for James Joyce’s The Dead, to a 56-bed hostel would not be appropriate.

No. 15 Usher’s Island is a handsome three-bay house of the late-Georgian period, with four-storey redbrick elevation over raised basement, and columned stone doorcase. The interior retains a good degree of refined early-19th century detail.

The principal importance of the house is its place in literary history as the setting for James Joyce’s The Dead, described by TS Eliot as “one of the greatest short stories ever written”.

29th November 2019

An Taisce has sent the attached submission to Dublin City Council, urging that a proposed conversion of No. 15 Usher’s Island, setting for James Joyce’s The Dead, to a 56-bed hostel should not be permitted.

13th November 2019

An Taisce calls on the Government to scrap the proposed amendments to the planning legislation being pushed by the Minister for Housing in the Housing and Planning and Development Bill 2019 [1]. These amendments would drastically reduce the ability of ordinary people and environmental NGOs to legally challenge any bad planning decision with environmental implications.

22nd September 2019

In a submission to the newly formed Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) on its Draft Strategic Plan 2019-2024, An Taisce called for the organisation to set strong planning targets if Ireland is to achieve the objectives laid out in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

22nd September 2019

An Taisce welcome the creation of the Office of the Planning Regulator and the opportunity to comment on the Draft Strategic Plan 2019-2024; and provides the full text of its submission for public download here.

10th August 2019

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.

An Taisce Submission on notice of intent to grant a prospecting licence for mineral exploration

An Taisce submission on notice of intent to grant a prospecting licence to MOAG Copper Gold Resources Inc, 1 Burkebrook Place, Suite 405, Toronto, Ontario M4G 0A2 to explore for minerals in townlands in Ballynahinch Barony including Boolagare, Callow, Dolan, Doohulla, Emlaghmore, Errisbeg West, Murvey and Tullaghlumman Beg, by Richard Bruton TD Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Submission to Draft Phoenix Park Visitor Experience Strategic Review

An Taisce welcomes this initiative specifically addressing the Visitor Experience of the Phoenix Park, however there are a number of areas of concern, in particular the impacts of introduction of modern pavilions into the Park’s historic central avenue, and concerning the overriding problem of motor-traffic impact in the Park. In general the Strategic Review seems too focused on architecture-led visitor centres and needs to instead place the sensitive historic designed landscape at the centre of the initiative.

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