"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 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regarding the coastal defences in the area, new plans revealed that proposed development of the 2.8km wall had been replaced by alternative ideas.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.

23rd October 2016

An Taisce have submitted a strong submission to the Planning Department of Dublin City Council regarding the proposed use of the National Museum building by the Seanad.

The National Museum building is a Protected Structure. Yet the proposed works would entail:

21st October 2016

An Taisce is calling on Dublin City Council to seek enforcement action on all residential accommodation that has been converted to full-time holiday letting units without the relevant planning and protect established urban residential accommodation and communities.

On the 17th Oct 2016 An Bord Pleanála made a ruling under Section 5 of the 2000 Planning Act that the change of use of a Temple Bar Apartment from residential unit to an all year round exclusively 'short term holiday' letting, is unauthorised as it is not exempt from planning. [1]

19th August 2016

The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (DAHRRGA) is currently preparing its Statement of Strategy for the three-year period from 2016 to 2019. The Departments Strategy Statement for the period 2016 to 2019 ‘will have a particular focus on the key commitments in the Programme for Government and the other Government strategies’.

Energy Matters 2016

A statement of An Taisce’s current position on energy, acknowledging that the fast changing circumstances of fluctuating demand and technological development may require frequent review of any policy. Summer 2016.


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