Well Prepared Planning Applications Vital in Avoiding Delays-New Report from Planning Regulator

In order to improve efficiency in the planning process, local authorities applicants and agents need to work together to ensure that planning applications are valid on receipt, a report by the Office of the Planning Regulator, (OPR) has said today. The report notes that it is critical to ‘get it right’ from the outset so …

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Local Authority Development Plans Could Make A Major Contribution to Action On Climate Change – Report

Analysis of the climate credentials of local authority development plans shows more progress is needed to help reduce carbon emissions at local level Local authorities have a unique opportunity to make a major contribution to reducing Ireland’s carbon emissions by including ambitious climate mitigation measures in their development plans, a new report published today finds. The …

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Information Seminar on Large-scale Residential Development Arrangements Delivered

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (DHLGH) in conjunction with the OPR has today, 10th March delivered a wide-ranging information seminar on the implementation of the new Large-scale Residential Development (LRD) arrangements introduced under the Planning and Development (Amendment) (Large-scale Residential Development) Act 2021. Large-scale Residential Developments (LRDs) will replace the Strategic Housing …

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New Eco Eye Episodes Highlight Challenges of Dereliction and Urban Sprawl

Two significant issues encountered when trying to deliver good planning and sustainable development in Ireland today, urban sprawl and high levels of dereliction were the focus of recent episodes of Eco Eye, Ireland’s longest running environmental series. On 15 February, “Dereliction” examined why Ireland has one of the highest rates of vacancy in Europe. Presenter …

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Planning Regulator Publishes Local Authority Planning Performance Review for Galway City Council

Galway City Council planning department is delivering its key planning functions effectively, with some aspects being delivered at a higher level when compared to national performance trends, a report published by the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) has found. The report also recommends that the Council prioritise an internal evaluation of ongoing and emerging …

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New Webpage to Promote Understanding of Planning System Published

A brand new webpage that brings together a broad range of information that clearly explains the importance of the planning system and how it works is now available on the OPR website. This new page “Introduction to Planning” brings together all of the OPR’s public awareness resources in one central, accessible location. Visit new page …

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Planning Regulator Publishes Local Authority Planning Performance Review for Louth County Council

The State’s independent oversight body for planning, the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR), has published its latest review report into local authority systems and procedures in delivering their planning functions. The report considers Louth County Council’s performance in the context of 11 key operational processes in planning service delivery1. It makes recommendations on how …

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New Series of Eco Eye Looks at Tackling the Demise of Irish Towns

Ireland’s longest running environmental series, Eco Eye, kicked off its new series this week, with an investigation into the demise of Irish towns and the efforts being made to reverse their decline. The episode was broadcast on RTE One on 4 January, 2022. In this episode, presenter Duncan Stewart visits Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin and …

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