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.

12th June 2012

After three years the Department of Department of Environment Community and Local Government has published a report on complaints made in relation to planning decisions in seven local authority areas. We note the report calls for the appointment of an independent planning expert to examine these issues and report with recommendations for action. The 12 recommendations made are welcome but need urgent and detailed implementation in statutory provision.

1st May 2012

An Taisce notes the An Bord Pleanala decision to grant permission to the Athlone Trading Hub.

This is the first stage of a proposal of staggering size and scale that the promoters claim will be the greatest commercial and trade centre in Europe.

An Taisce believes that the vague nature of the planning conditions attached to development and the lack of global consideration of sustainability by An Bord Pleanála is a serious concern.

Transport

20th April 2012

It has come to our attention that there is an error in the matrix used to calculate the score and ranking for individual councils. We apologise for this.

In our original calculations, we felt that Indicator 1 (Overzoning) gave unfair advantage to City Councils, because as cities are mostly zoned, it is significantly more difficult to overzone a city. So we only counted the other 7 indicators. Unfortunately in finalising the report we omitted to explain this.

The re-issued report shows the corrected positions.

31st March 2012

The publication of the Mahon report has seen renewed calls for investigations into the planning matters of local authorities by An Taisce and others. In 2009 An Taisce called for the investigation of Dublin City Council’s planning record and subsequently it became one of seven local authorities under investigation by former minister for the environment John Gormley, this initiative being later reduced to an in-house investigated by his successor, Phil Hogan, which is a matter of some current political concern.

22nd March 2012

An Taisce today welcomed the publication of the Mahon Tribunal Report which has exposed the endemic corruption at the heart of the Irish Planning System.

The catalyst for the setting up of the Tribunal was the placement in 1995 by Michael Smith, former Chairman of An Taisce, of an anonymous advertisement in the Irish Times through a firm of Newry Solicitors offering a reward of IR£10,000 for information on land rezoning corruption that would lead to a conviction. This action exposed a chain of corruption which reached into the highest level of Government.

7th March 2012

An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland has today stated that “The refusal of the Slane N2 bypass by An Bord Pleanála is an eminently logical decision and has protected a very important piece of Irish National Heritage”

23rd February 2012

Press Release 23rd February 2012

“The decision on the Children’s Hospital by An Bord Pleanála will protect Dublin’s Future - An Taisce”

An Bord Pleanála has made one of the most significant planning decisions in its history in refusing the application by the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board for the 16 storey National Children's Hospital adjoining the Mater Hospital in Eccles St.

22nd December 2011

Press Release 22nd December 2011

“Risks to human health through polluted groundwater the key issue in septic tank debate - An Taisce”

Minister Hogan's approach on septic tanks not unfair or unreasonable, according to the National Trust

21st December 2011

Proposed changes to retail guidelines will cost jobs and cause more dereliction

Minister Hogan needs to reject the proposed changes to increase the size of large stores.

Research shows that 1.4 jobs are lost in town centres for every new job created in out-of-town ‘megastores’. Because of their failure to engage with local suppliers and re-circulate money back into local economies, each new out-of-town ‘megastore’ results in a net jobs loss of 270 full-time positions, according to US research (see submission for details).

27th October 2011

Better Environmental Law is a critical objective for An Taisce to ensure that what happened with the Corrib project can never happen again. Today, An Taisce accepted the State’s offer to settle the Judicial Reviews of the various permissions given this year in regard to the Corrib Gas Development project.

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