BLOG: How can the places we live and work become more resilient post-Covid?

Niall Cussen, Planning Regulator Covid has changed much about our lives. It has changed how we work, how we socialise, even, at times, where we can go. Suburbs (where people live) bustle, but city centres and high streets (where people work and shop) bumble. Fewer cars and cleaner air mean roads and streets are safer …

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OPR to hold further online planning training webinar for local authority elected members

The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) in conjunction with the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG) will continue its series of online planning training webinars for local authority elected members on Friday, 27th November from 10am-11:30 am. November’s webinar is entitled “Implementation of the Development Plan and the Development Management Process.” There will be …

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More effective way to measure impact of planning published by RTPI

An innovative way to better measure and demonstrate the value of planning and how it helps create sustainable and successful places has been published by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). The Measuring What Matters: Planning Outcomes Research produced as part of a research project funded by the RTPI, the governments of Ireland, Scotland and …

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Office of the Planning Regulator and Irish Planning Institute Launch Planning Week

The Planning Regulator, Niall Cussen and the President of the Irish Planning Institute, Dr Conor Norton have officially launched this year’s Planning Week. Planning Week 2020 takes place from the 8th to 14th November 2020 and coincides with World Town Planning Day on 8th November. Through events, activities and research, Planning Week aims to bring …

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Office of the Planning Regulator Launches First Annual Report

Highlights 25 different local authority development plans examined as part of statutory process in 2019 resulting in 31 recommendations. OPR initiated first nationally rolled-out training programme for local councillors on their role in the planning process in 2019 – over 225 elected members participated up until end 2019 – which has continued throughout the pandemic …

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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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