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.

1st July 2011

Press Release 30th June 2011

“Lower Electricity Prices, Local Employment and Sustainable Agricultural Opportunities as Result of An Taisce and Mayo Renewable Power Agreement”

Mayo Renewable Power will lodge a protocol to ensure sustainability of local source of biomass and An Taisce have withdrawn its appeal to the planning permission.

15th June 2011

Editorial Irish Times 15th June 2011

13th June 2011

An Bord Pleanala have today released a split decision on the appeal by An Taisce and others against North Tipperary County Council’s decision to grant permission to Richard Quirke for a number of elements of the proposed “Tipperary Venue” development near Two Mile Boris, 11km from Thurles.

The Board granted permission for the all weather horse racing track, dog racing track, 500 bed hotel and casino but refused permission for the main part of the project; the 15,000 person multipurpose event venue.

26th May 2011

In a Departmental letter issued on Feb 25th 2011, as Minister for DCENR Pat Carey was losing his seat during the polling in the General election; it was indicated that the Minister was granting consent to the new Section 40 (Gas Act 1976 as amended) and Plan of Development (Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act 1960) consents applied for by Shell E & P Ireland limited for the Corrib Pipeline development.

Just this week, An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland, was granted leave by Mr Justice Peart in the High Court to pursue a Judicial Review of these decisions.

22nd February 2011

"Irish Nursing Home Location Policy a Fiasco" An Taisce

An Bord Pleanala, Co. Waterford refusal circulated today again highlights failed Irish planning system to meet the needs of the future.

Well located nursing homes with good access to local services and complimentary retirement housing, one of the most important planning needs for the immediate future, as we face an aging population. Instead continued failed planning is resulting in nursing homes being unsuitably located all over the country.

26th June 2013

An Taisce has reviewed the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS) submitted as part of the application for planning permission for the development of a wind farm on the Kish and Bray banks including 145 wind turbines with a maximum blade tip height of 160m, and associated infrastructure including monopile turbine foundations, scour protection, two meteorological masts of up to 100m in height, interturbine/export cabling and offshore substation.

An Taisce have submitted a number of points regarding the proposed project under the headings:

20th November 2009

ANNE LUCEY The Irish Times - Friday, November 20, 2009

1st June 2013

Evidence to the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas

An Taisce welcomes the setting up of CEDRA as a valuable initiative to review the long-term vision for rural Ireland and the path needed to reach that vision. The goal of rural policy is to build a sustainable economy that does not damage the ecosystems on which we depend and provides a good quality of life with balanced development throughout the country. The National Spatial Strategy recommended that rural areas should develop jobs in the following sectors:

• Farmland - Agriculture and food;

15th September 2009

From RTE News - Monday 14th September

The President of An Taisce has said Ireland risks destroying its natural environment unless it avoids another property boom.

Professor John Sweeney also said another such period would burden future generations with debt. Mr Sweeney made his comments in advance of the international gathering of national trusts, which started in Dublin this morning.

25th March 2011

An Taisce’s chairman Charles Stanley Smith said today “We are unhappy that such a decision has been made before the judicial review process of the An Bord Pleanála granting of permission has been completed, however this decision does not affect our case.

Though there are 26 conditions in the MLVC (Marine Licence Vetting Committee) report, we have asked the Minister if these are the conditions that have been attached to this decision to grant the foreshore licence and until we examine these in detail we cannot make a full comment on the impact of this decision.

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