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.

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.

31st March 2017

A new National Planning Framework entitled, ‘Ireland 2040’, is currently being developed by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. This is intended to succeed the National Spatial Strategy. It will provide a framework for national planning, pulling together relevant Government policies and investment on national and regional development. The focus will be on economic development and investment in housing, water services, transport, communications, energy, health and education infrastructure.

23rd February 2017

What is a Development Plan?

17th February 2017

An Taisce have made an appeal to An Bord Pleanála against the decision of Clare County Council to grant permission to Brookfield Renewable Ireland Ltd to construction of a wind farm comprising 11 turbines on Slieve Callan in Co. Clare. The potential impact on Hen Harriers is the main grounds of our appeal.

10th February 2017

An Taisce welcomes the ruling of An Bord Pleanála in overturning the decision by South Dublin County Council to grant permission for a major retail expansion combined with a new skating and multi-use event venue at Liffey Valley shopping centre.

The application was refused on grounds of inadequate public transport access and potential congestion impact on the M50 and other roads. The decision is a major vindication of the role of An Taisce, as a voluntary organisation, in promoting good planning.

3rd February 2017

An Taisce has made its submission [1] to Clare County Council in regard to the most recent planning application by Trump International Golf Links Ireland (TIGL) for permission to construct coastal erosion management works at and adjacent to Carrowmore Dunes, White Strand, Doughmore Bay and Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg, Co. Clare.

The proposed development is to include two lengths of sheet piling over distances of approximately 609m and 256m, at the northern and southern end of Doughmore bay respectively.

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