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.

27th June 2014

An Taisce has made a submission on the new Cork Port application to An Bord Pleanala under the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006. The application is largely a repeat of a previous proposal refused by An Bord Pleanála on 25th June 2008 (Ref: 04.PA0003), for development at Oyster Bank, Ringaskiddy.

13th June 2014

An Taisce has successfully appealed a 'drive thru' at Brew's Hill, Navan, Co Meath. The subject site was immediately adjacent to the entrance to St. Joseph's Mercy Primary School. An Taisce's primary concern was the exposure of students to foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar.

13th June 2014

An Taisce appealed one condition of the application by Regeneron to redevelop the former Dell plant. This led to local upset on a misunderstanding that An Taisce had appealed the substantial planning permission.

It is best explained by James Nix's letter, printed in the Irish Independent.

Dear Sir,

1st April 2014

For the first time An Bord Pleanála‎ has awarded a planning appellant expenses under Section 145 Planning and Development Act 2000 in a case to be paid by Galway County Coucil to the appellant.

One of the most unfair features of the Irish planing system is the manner in which anyone taking an appeal to An Bord Pleanála and securing the overturn of an inappropriate local authority decision, may have to deal with a repeat application and permission grant by the local Council and bear the cost of a second or more appeals.

6th June 2014

An Taisce has called on Government to widen the scope of its ‘roadmap’ for the built environment sector. An Taisce’s submission noted the the narrow definition of the “Built Environment“ which is unfairly limited to considering energy use in particular categories of buildings only. The proposed roadmap, under its current scope, will omit land-use and transportation related emissions as a consideration under the built environment.

30th May 2014

This consultation is well timed.

It now coincides with the wind up of the discredited Temple Bar Cultural Trust as highlighted in the Irish Independent headline 4th March 2014 ‘Scandal-Hit Temple Bar Trust is Axed’.

In April 2014 the Huffington Post’s inclusion of Dublin’s Temple Bar as one of the ’10 most disappointing’ places in the world for tourists, should be considered a source of national embarrassment.

15th May 2014

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland, has presented a compelling historical and archaeological report to Minister for Heritage, Mr Jimmy Deenihan, asking him to confirm a National Monument at Vicar St, Kilkenny, and to issue a formal declaration under national monuments legislation.

14th May 2014

In continuation of the professional dialogue that took place in Kilkenny last week, An Taisce - The National Trust for Ireland, and Kilkenny County Council agreed today agreed the following points at a meeting:

7th May 2014

Following a recent site visit, An Taisce is pleased to announce that an imminent meeting will take place with Mr. Joe Crockett, Kilkenny County Manager, to discuss the conservation plans for the Vicar Street houses in Kilkenny city. Renaissance / late medieval features of these houses were previously slated for demolition to make way for the Kilkenny Central Access Scheme (CAS).

An Taisce wishes to acknowledge the facilitation of the recent site visit and the opportunity to conduct an independent assessment of the standing remains.

ENDS

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