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.

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 kilkenny@antaisce.org 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...

Principles for Sustainable Rural Settlement

An Taisce has long voiced concerns as to the ongoing suburbanisation of rural Ireland and the resulting decline of rural towns and villages. The evidence clearly shows that the highly dispersed settlement patterns that have been allowed to take hold are extremely costly and have stored up significant social, economic and environmental problems that are to the long-term detriment of rural communities and the rural economy.

20th January 2015

An Taisce is largely disappointed with the proposed arrangements for the Office of Planning Regulation which is set out in the recently published General Scheme of Planning and Development No.2 Bill 2014 [Note 1]. It falls far short from the appointment of an Independent Planning Regulator as called for by the Mahon Tribunal [Note 2].

28th November 2014

I am pleased to make a submission in respect to the above proposal. This submission has been jointly prepared by An Taisce (www.antaisce.org), Cyclist.ie – The Irish Cycling Advocacy Network (www.cyclist.ie) and Dublin Cycling Campaign (www.dublincycling.ie).

The submission comprises four main sections:

14th January 2015

On January 13th 2015, An Taisce was granted leave to Judicially Review An Bord Pleanála's November 2014 decision, to grant permission for the N86 Dingle to Annascaul & Gortbreagoge to Camp Road Improvement Scheme (Note 1).

The route is renowned for its scenic quality, natural and built heritage; including prehistoric features. In summary: the scheme proposes to widen the road and add cycle lanes resulting in a wide range of environmental impacts, including visual landscape impacts.

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