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.

3rd November 2014

Check out this photo album on An Taisce's Facebook with some fine examples of Dublin's Architectural Heritage.

2nd September 2014

An Taisce has considered the proposed development by the ESB at Fitzwilliam Street (Reference: 3052/14) as fundamentally flawed. It is seeking a large scale commercial floorspace scheme at a time when a residential vision has been outlined for the subject area, and at a scale and density that does not preserve the character and setting of the internationally significant Georgian area of Dublin in which it is sited and that of the individual protected structures in the vicinity.

12th August 2014

An Taisce appreciates landscape is a complex phenomenon and agreeing on landscape values has become a contentious topic for the government, local authorities, stakeholders and public alike. There should now have been sufficient time for the government and others to reflect on the ‘Celtic Tiger’ era, including the changes it brought to the landscape and focus on how the country will face-up to protecting, managing and planning its landscape in the future.

8th August 2014

An Taisce has received several photographs of Tailors' Hall, courtesy of Mrs B Weir, which were taken prior to the restoration of the building. After falling into dereliction in the 1950s the hall was restored in the 1960s and more recently in the 1980s. The photographs illustrate how the building was close to losing a lot of its features and character. The Great Hall was missing a ceiling, the attic space was missing its floor, the building was without windows and open to the elements without.

5th August 2014

Instead of investing in energy use conservation, efficiency and renewable alternatives, the global trend in energy has been to increase the extraction rate of large scale open cast coal mining and extend oil and gas exploration into new areas and introduce problematic new technologies. Energy companies are in an exploration race to secure a level of fossil fuel extraction which is incompatible with the level of decarbonisation required to stabilise global climate at 2ºC average surface temperature above pre-industrial levels.

31st July 2014

An Taisce can play a lead role, both at home and abroad in the promotion of tourism and outdoor recreation. The imagery used by Fáilte Ireland in its current campaigns is based on the quality of landscapes and attractive towns and villages. The focus of An Taisce’s involvement in planning during the boom years was to protect this legacy, for which we were often condemned.

30th June 2014

An Taisce has responded to a consultation by the Department of the Taoiseach on the National Risk Assessment. The purpose of the National Risk Assessment is to identify the risks, both financial and non-financial, which Ireland faces and therefore ensure appropriate prevention and mitigation measures are introduced.

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