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  • New Planning Regulator

    The Government is to appoint a planning regulator following on from the recommendations of the Mahon tribunal. The regulator’s role will primarily involve assessing forward planning functions by local authorities including independent assessment of city and county development plans and regional planning guidelines. The final decision on whether to issue a direction to any local authority will rest with the Minister. The office of the regulator’s will be staffed by personnel taken on secondment or on a permanent basis from An Bord Pleanála. Given the level of detail that is often involved in the assessment of a minor residential extension it always came across as extremely odd that large areas of land could be zoned or dezoned without any independent analysis.  The zoning of land is the most critical area of planning, with everything else flowing from this initial decision.  As such the appointment of a regulator’s office makes sense.

    Published on May 13, 2013 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Comments on Planning;
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