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We need long term planning, it is just a pity it takes forever

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Ireland has suffered badly from a lack of long- term planning, but recent years have seen a reversal of that with Project Ireland 2040, the National Planning Framework, the National Development Plan and three Regional Assemblies, overarching the local authorities. So far so good, but the inherently slow pace of making and implementing long- term plans can see shorter term planning and development needs set  aside  and perhaps not always for the good.

Two development “pinch points” caught my eye recently, on opposite sides of Dublin. In the south-west suburbs  a swathe of 700 hectares inside the M50, stretching from Ballyfermot to Ballymount, the city’s primary industrial location has been identified as a regeneration zone. The area is seen as suitable for redevelopment as a “mixed-use urban quarter” which would see the low intensity predominantly industrial uses replaced by higher density uses  such as residential and offices. 


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