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  • The Independent Report on the recommendations in last years Planning Review was published on 8th March 2013.

    The Planning Review, published in June 2012, contained 12 recommendations relating to planning policy and practice which flowed from the analysis of how a range of cases were dealt with by a number of planning authorities. 

    The Independent Report reviewed the recommendations contained in the Planning Review and assessed their appropriateness. 

    The report supports the appropriateness and effectiveness of nine of the 12 recommendations in the Planning Review as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

    Published on March 13, 2013 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Reports; Tagged as:
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  • The An Taisce report on planning in Ireland claims that there was enough zoned land at the height of the boom to cater for a doubling of the entire population — up to 8m people.
    A review of planning across 34 city and county councils found that in 2008 42,000 hectares were zoned for residential purposes — enough for 4m extra people on top of the 4.4m population at that time.

    An Taisce further claims that 40% of the €75bn property portfolio transferred to Nama was categorised as “development land” which will be reclassified to agriculture over the coming years. This will result in the value of Nama’s development land plummeting from a paper figure of €30bn to a single-digit figure, costing tens of billions in losses for taxpayers over generations.

    Donegal was found to have had the worst planning record. An Taisce found Donegal had about 2,250 hectares of residential land in 2010, enough for a population increase of 180,000. However, half of planning permissions over the past decade were granted on unzoned land.

    An Taisce subsequently had to republish the report when a significant error was pointed out in terms of how the indicators used to analyse the councils were applied.

    Published on April 26, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Reports; Tagged as: ,
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