Friday 19 January 2018

New planning regulator needs power as much as independence

Mary Hughes
Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes

Planners will today appear before the Dail Environment Committee to discuss changes to planning legislation, which include the introduction of a vacant site tax and reduced development levies to facilitate construction of new homes.

But the Government also plans to introduce a new, independent planning regulator later this year, who will be tasked with ensuring local policies comply with national standards and are in line with best practice.

Mary Hughes, President of the Irish Planning Institute (IPI), says her members have serious concerns about the lack of powers for the regulator.

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