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.

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.

26th January 2018

An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland have today appealed to An Bord Pleanála the permission granted by Clare County to TIGL Ireland Enterprises Ltd for development which will comprise of coastal erosion management works at, and adjacent to, Carrowmore Dunes, White Strand, Doughmore Bay and Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg, Co. Clare. [Note 1]

30th November 2017
22nd November 2017

The draft National Planning Framework (NPF) aims to identify the best way to accommodate a million more people in Ireland by 2040, as well as catering for the existing aging population in a world facing increased climate change impact and biodiversity loss.

The time for people to make submission has past but shortly after publication there have been endless newspaper reports, mainly in regional newspapers, of local politicians who are highly critical of the essential theme of the plan.

10th November 2017

The substance of An Taisce’s submission is to climate proof the 4 over-riding goals, the 70 objectives, the 10 points of strategic infrastructure and 8 listed visions, pointing to the inconsistencies and the dangerous impact some of the policies will have on increasing rather than reducing greenhouse gas emissions, on damaging biodiversity and on being wasteful of scarce resources.

10th November 2017

Submissions are due today on the draft National Planning Framework – Ireland 2040 Our Plan [1]

An Taisce’s submission[2] acknowledges the proposals to consolidate development in our cities, towns and villages to avoid wasteful sprawl and promote walkable communities that encourage healthy life styles and civil society.

However, Ian Lumley, Advocacy Officer, An Taisce stated “It is essential that the NPF acknowledges a global environment of increasing climate impact and ecological destruction."

7th September 2017

An Taisce has made a submission to Limerick City and County Council on the current planning application for an extended rock quarry involving blasting, at the Aughinish Alumina plant near Foynes Co Limerick.

The proposal is to extend the quarrying of rock for the perimeter containment of increased waste bauxite residue on the site. The proposed quarry site is in close proximity to the bauxite waste deposition site.

Ian Lumley, An Taisce Advocacy Officer stated

6th May 2017

This week, An Taisce raised a number of issues with the Office of Public Works regarding the proposed occupation of part of the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street as part of the temporary relocation of Seanad chamber from Leinster House. .

An Taisce contends, that in order to provide a fire escape and access corridor will be required through the ‘Chinese Room’ and that no permission has been sought for the usage of a third room in the National Museum or for a change in its use.

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