Justin Molloy, Regional Director, CIF Western & Midland Region outlines the necessary changes that must be made to Ireland’s planning system to protect and secure investment.
The function of our planning system is to regulate our built environment in the interests of the common good and in line with our planning legislation. Using a hierarchy of planning guidelines and policies, which have gone through a public consultation process, we produce a series of development plans and guidelines that determine what we build, where we build and in what timeframe we build.
A Development Plan sets out an overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of an area and consists of a written statement and a plan indicating the development objectives for the area over the life of the plan.
Cost-effective, efficient and timely manner
In order to encourage the development of our built environment our planning process should provide a level of clarity and certainty for applicants wishing to invest in our built environment. Planning applications and planning appeals should be adjudicated on in a cost-effective, efficient and timely manner.