"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.

19th July 2016

An Taisce notes today's release of ‘Rebuilding Ireland’, Simon Coveney T.D’s, Minister of Housing, Planning and Local Government, housing and homelessness action plan. An Taisce believes there are a number of unnecessary proposed changes to planning laws and procedures.

13th June 2016

Today, An Taisce made their submission to Clare County Council in respect of a planning application by TIGL Ireland Enterprises Ltd for permission for a development comprising coastal erosion management works at and adjacent to Carrowmore Dunes, White Strand, Doughmore Bay and Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg. [Note 1].

8th June 2016

The 2015 decision by An Bord Pleanála decision to grant permission for a 9 storey office development will have a major adverse impact on Dublin’s City Quay Church, a Protected Structure [Picture 1], located on the Liffey Quays Conservation Area.

The permission was granted to Targeted Investment Opportunities PLC (with the support of NAMA) in March 2016 following appeal by An Taisce arguing that the development was oversized.

19th April 2016

Ringaskiddy Strategic Infrastructure Application

Key Issues:

Given the scale of the proposal, we suggest four key considerations to be explored and taken into account, as outlined in our original appeal;

  1. Planning history
  2. Site suitability – sea level rise
  3. Visual and amenity impacts
  4. Meeting climate targets

Planning History:

This is the third application for this type of development at this site.

18th December 2015

This week's publication of the investigations carried out by the Department of Environment Community and Local Government on the planning functions of six local authorities Carlow, Cork City and County, Dublin City, Galway County and Meath found that all of the complaints made raised legitimate public interest concerns.

In its response the DOECLG stated:

The Masterplan for the Abbey Cultural Quarter (Diageo / Smithwicks) site is open for public consultation, and all submissions must by received by Kilkenny County Council by Tuesday 21 July. The Kilkenny Association committee of An Taisce has prepared a draft submission and will finalise it on Friday next 17 July. Members are invited to contact the chair or secretary through with suggestions or comments.

17th April 2015

Ruling on family’s Blessington chalet seen as endorsing strict planning law enforcement
Mary Carolan The Irish Times

An order for demolition of the wooden chalet home of a young family in Blessington, Co Wicklow built in “gross” breach of planning laws has been granted by the High Court. In an important judgment endorsing strict enforcement of such laws, president of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns made the order in a judgment strongly disagreeing with a previous High Court ruling.

2nd March 2015

This submission is a response to the National Transport Authority’s Public Consultation regarding the preparation of a new Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area.

It draws together recent submissions from An Taisce on a variety of topics and ties them to the need to develop a new strategy for transport that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deliver high quality places to live and an integrated transport network. See the attachment for more...


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