New Independent Planning Regulator

Posted February 8th, 2018

Yesterday in the Seanad we discussed the new role of an independent Planning Regulator. You can read my contribution below.

This afternoon the Minister of State, Deputy Damien English, will be in the Seanad to take the Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2016. The Bill contains the required legislative infrastructure to allow me to establish the Office of the Planning Regulator which was, as the Senator pointed out, an important recommendation of the planning tribunal.

The office will be independent of my Department and responsible for the independent assessment of all local authority and regional assembly forward planning, including the zoning decisions of local authority members in local area and development plans.

To continue reading, go here.

To watch a video of the exchange, go here (part 1) and here (part 2).