"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.

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.

12th December 2016

What is the National Planning Framework?

The National Planning Framework (NPF) is a successor to the National Spatial Strategy 2002. In short, the NPF will be a broad national plan set out by the Government that will establish a long term, 20+ year strategy for spatial development in Ireland. The NPF currently being drawn up, will have a direct influence on strategic planning for the entire country until 2040.

Why is the NPF important?

10th December 2016

Dublin City Council have replied to An Taisce's Section 5 submission, Proposed works to enable move of Seanad into the National Museum - NOT EXEMPT.

An Taisce wish to welcome the declaration made by the Planning Department of Dublin City Council in response to our Section 5 submission in relation to the proposed Seanad move into the National Museum on Kildare Street.

7th December 2016

An Taisce welcomes the news that plans for construction of a 2.8km coastal wall at Doonbeg, Co. Clare have been abandoned.

At a public consultation on Tuesday 6th December, regarding the coastal defences in the area, new plans revealed that proposed development of the 2.8km wall had been replaced by alternative ideas.

The revelation marks a huge milestone and the culmination of the efforts of An Taisce, Friends of the Irish Environment, Save the Waves and a number of individuals who recognised the detrimental effect it would have on the landscape.

13th November 2016

An Taisce calls on the Board of the National Museum to rescind their authorisation of the Seanad move into the National Museum. An Taisce have also issued a ‘Section 5’ request to determine if the proposed structural changes are exempt or require planning permission.

In a Press Release dated 10th November 2016, Seán O’Feargháil, Chair of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission, has announced, that ‘following constructive discussions’ an agreement has been reached with the National Museum.

2nd November 2016

Yesterday, An Taisce made a second complaint regarding the proposed work at the National Museum[1]. This complaint was prompted by the digging of a foundation-pit for the proposed lift that is to be attached to the façade of the Protected Building. This pit was dug in the absence of either planning permission or an exemption.


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