CARLOW'S PLANNING system must align population to housing targets according to Carlow Kilkenny deputy Ann Phelan.
'Planning has not only a vital role to play in our economic recovery but we also owe it to the next generation to ensure that it functions responsibly in their future interests.' She said that publication of the Mahon Tribunal's findings have significantly heightened the importance of not only ensuring but demonstrating that Ireland's planning system is open, transparent and compliant with legal requirements.
'Future Carlow Development Plans must align defined population and housing targets with an appropriate quantum of zoned land, having regard to other considerations such as appropriate densities, sequential development, existing and planned infrastructural provision and defined settlement hierarchies.
'We need to make it straightforward for the public, for professionals, for everybody to see what the planning system is doing for them.'
She went on to say that some consolidation of how we do things in Ireland needs to be looked at. 'It is extraordinary that this small country has 88 planning authorities all trying to operate an antiquated system which continues to suffer from a lack of public confidence.'