Move Towards Online Planning Applications Urgently Required

Report finds local authorities providing good access to planning documentation but more consistency required The move towards online planning applications is urgently required to ease the administrative burden for local authorities and to create a more user-friendly experience for applicants, a new report published by the Office of the Planning Regulator, (OPR) has said. The …

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New Report Highlights How Local Authority Development Plans Can Help Facilitate the Delivery of Traveller Accommodation

The new city and county development plans currently being prepared across the country, present a real opportunity to better facilitate the accommodation needs of the Traveller community, the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR), the State’s independent oversight body for planning has said today. In its latest Case Study Paper entitled Traveller Accommodation and the …

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Planning Regulator Publishes 2020 Annual Report

Significant increase in plans evaluated, recommendations issued and complaints received The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR), the State’s independent oversight body for planning, published its annual report today. The report shows that there was a significant increase in the number of local authority development plans evaluated by the OPR in 2020. This led to …

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Planning Regulator publishes first local authority planning performance review

Report finds Tipperary County Council’s planning function performing well, while making 16 recommendations. The State’s independent oversight body for planning, the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR), has today published its first review report into local authority systems and procedures for performing planning functions. The purpose of such reviews is to highlight good practice and …

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“Housing For All” a Major Step Forward in Plan-Led Housing Delivery

The State’s independent oversight body for planning – the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR), today welcomed publication of the Government’s €4bn per annum Housing for All plan. The Planning Regulator, Niall Cussen said: “Housing for All is a historic and major policy step forward for three reasons: it is fully funded and delivery focused; …

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Submissions published on Material Amendments to Draft Naas Local Area Plan 2021-2027 and Draft Longford County Development Plan 2021-2027

The OPR independently assesses all statutory forward planning with a view to ensuring that the plan provides for the proper planning and sustainable development of the area concerned. We have published submissions on: Material Alterations to the Draft Naas Local Area Plan 2021-2027 Material Alterations to the Draft Longford County Development Plan 2021-2027

Submissions published on Draft Galway County Development Plan and on Material Alterations to Draft Louth and Kilkenny Development Plans

The OPR independently assesses all statutory forward planning with a view to ensuring that the plan provides for the proper planning and sustainable development of the area concerned. This week, we have published submissions on: Material Alterations to the Draft Louth County Development Plan 2021-2027 Material Alterations to the Draft Kilkenny County Development Plan 2021-2027 …

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New OPR Case Study Paper Analyses Public Rights of Way Management by Local Authorities

  A new case study paper published by Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) has for the first time, researched and analysed how local authorities manage and record the issue of Public Rights of Ways (PROWs) in their respective counties. The paper entitled ‘Public Rights of Way and the Local Development Plan: A …

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