OPR Launches Interactive Plan-Making Calculator

A new, innovative user-friendly application which allows you to quickly and easily calculate the different stages and timeframes for city and county development plans has been launched the OPR.

By simply inputting basic details of a development plan such as date and stage of the plan, in a matter of seconds, users will be provided with details of all phases of the plan, ranging from pre-draft to the making of the plan as well as the corresponding dates for each stage.

To use the calculator, three simple steps are required:

  1. Scroll down to the input section and select the step (from 1-16) you want to start from.
  2. Input the date relating to this step (you can start from any step of the plan-making process.)
  3. Click “Calculate your Timeline.”

Planning Regulator, Niall Cussen said;

“This new calculator will be of huge benefit to anyone with an interest in how their development plan for their area is progressing.

Previously, trying to accurately pinpoint the precise dates and deadlines for different stages of the development plan could be unwieldly and complicated. This new tool completely streamlines the process, making it quick, easy and accessible.

It will mean that members of the public can immediately find out the estimated dates for public consultation, while planners and statutory contributors to development plans will have a valuable resource for tracking the different stages of the plan.

The project is part of the OPR’s drive to increase innovation in the planning process, making it more widely understood and facilitating more public engagement in planning.”

For more information on the plan-making process, please visit our development plan process infographic and this planning leaflet.

The timeframe and dates calculated are indicative only and based on the time lines in the Act. The local authority is entitled to augment certain internal dates. Therefore, we advise anyone using the calculator to contact their local authority for precise timeframes.