OPR Publishes its First Planning Research Framework and Programme

The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) has published its first Planning Research Framework and the accompanying Strategic Planning Research Programme. One of the statutory functions of the OPR is to conduct planning research and to inform professional and public engagement on the planning process. The Planning Research Framework lays out a structure to advance …

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OPR continues series of online planning training webinars for local authority elected members

The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) in conjunction with the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG) will continue with its series of online planning training webinars for local authority elected members on Friday, 23rd October from 10am-11:30 am. October’s webinar is entitled “Consideration and Finalisation of the Draft Development Plan” and will cover two …

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Co-ordinated approach at regional level can help local authorities reach renewable targets, planning regulator tells wind energy conference

A co-ordinated approach on renewable energy across the next generation of local authority development plans and across their boundaries is critical for Ireland to achieve its renewable energy targets, the Planning Regulator, Niall Cussen has told the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) conference. A key building block for that co-ordinated approach is to finalise long-delayed …

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OPR holds training webinar for local authority elected members

The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) in conjunction with the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG) held its second online planning training webinar for elected members of local authorities today, Friday, 18th September. Today’s webinar considered the key early stages of plan making.  It analysed central aspects of this process including the preparatory background …

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OPR Launches New Interactive Map Displaying Information on Statutory Plans

All details of live public consultations relating to statutory plans, as well as any submissions or recommendations made by the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) relating to these plans are now accessible on a new intuitive, interactive map format. Users can now easily navigate and access information relating to development plans in each local …

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OPR to hold Second Training Webinar for Local Authority Elected Members

The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) in conjunction with the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG) is holding an online planning training webinar for local authority elected members on Friday, 18th September from 10am-11:30 am. The webinar entitled “Guidance for Councillors on the Initial Stages of Preparing Development Plans and their Core Strategies” will …

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The OPR hosts the third meeting of the National Planning Knowledge Group

The third meeting of the National Planning Knowledge Group (NPKG) was held on 22nd July 2020. The meeting focussed largely on two items; the OPR’s Planning Research Framework and the OPR’s Strategic Planning Research Programme. Planning Research Framework The Research Framework is intended to be the roadmap for advancing the OPR’s research goal. This goal …

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Office of the Planning Regulator Publishes First Annual Report

The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) has today, July 30th published its first Annual Report. An interactive animation of the key elements of the Annual Report is also available. The report outlines some key activities of the OPR during its first year and identifies some significant trends and indicators which reflect Ireland’s planning performance …

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