Architecture and Renovation: Planning for prosperity

Dr Peter Stafford: The fact that there is no clear long-term strategy for the planning system continues to leave Ireland highly vulnerable to boom-and-bust property cycles.

12th October, 2014
In too many cases, the planning system is shrouded in uncertainty.

Over the past seven years, there have been seven ministers with responsibility for planning and housing. The lifespan of a housing minister is shorter than the process of steering a development through planning and construction, and it is arguable that one of the key reasons why the Irish housing sector has lurched from crisis to crisis in recent years, is a lack of certainty within the planning system. Delivery of long-promised reform of planning would...

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