Submissions published on Castlebar Town & Environs Local Area Plan and Donegal County Development Plan

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 made submissions on: Issues Paper for the Castlebar Town & Environs Local Area Plan 2021-2027 Proposed Variation No. 1 to the Donegal County …

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OPR Launches its First Practice Note on Appropriate Assessment Screening for Development Management

Today the OPR launched its first Practice Note (PN01), which provides information and guidance on Appropriate Assessment Screening for Development Management. PN01 “Appropriate Assessment Screening for Development Management” gives direction on screening for appropriate assessment during the planning application process. It also includes useful templates and addresses issues that commonly arise when carrying out screening. …

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Planning Regulator Appears at Oireachtas Climate Action Committee

The Planning Regulator, Niall Cussen appeared at today’s meeting of the Oireachtas Climate Action Committee. The meeting was considering how Ireland can reduce its carbon emissions by 51% by 2030. As part of its examination of how this target can be achieved, the Committee is undertaking a sector-by-sector analysis with today’s meeting focusing on the …

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Expansion of the OPR’s Online Planning Library Service

The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR), has further developed its online planning library facility with the recent publication of a new technical glossary. The new glossary, along with the previously published acronym list are useful technical aids when reading through material on the OPR’s online planning library. The glossary serves as an accompaniment to …

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A New Training Event for Local Authority Elected Members provides A Guide to Planning Enforcement in Ireland

Local Authority Planning Enforcement is the subject for the next planning training webinar for elected members of local authorities organised by the OPR in conjunction with the Association of Irish Local Government. The webinar will take place on Friday, 26 February between 10-11:30am. The event will feature a presentation from John Downey, Enforcement Manager, Dublin City …

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Eco Eye episode shines a spotlight on initiatives to revitalise Ireland’s towns and villages

The latest episode of Ireland’s longest running environmental TV series Eco Eye, focuses on the challenges facing Ireland’s towns and villages as they respond to falling populations and the closures of essential services such as banks, post offices and Garda stations and examines the initiatives being adopted to rejuvenate these communities. The title of the …

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Minister Burke launches new planning leaflet series

New series will help answer your planning questions A new series of online planning information leaflets which contain practical, accessible information on how the planning system works and explain how best to engage with it, was launched today by Peter Burke TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning. The leaflets explain …

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The OPR Kick-Starts 2021 with a New Training Event for Local Authority Elected Members

The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) in conjunction with the Association of Local Government in Ireland (AILG) is holding its first planning training webinar of 2021 for elected members of local authorities on Friday, 22nd January from 10 am-11:30 am. The title of the webinar is “The Decision on the Planning Application and Appeal.” …

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