Draft Urban Development and Building Heights Guidelines for Planning Authorities

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy on the 9th of August 2018 published draft Urban Development and Building Heights Guidelines for Planning Authorities for public consultation.  The draft Guidelines set out new and updated national planning policy in relation to building heights in urban areas, these elaborate on the strategic policy framework set out in Project Ireland 2040 and the National Planning Framework. 

Implementation of the National Planning Framework requires increased density, scale and height of development in town and city cores, including an appropriate mix of both the living, working, social and recreational space needed in urban areas.  The draft guidelines set out national policy that:

  • Expand on the requirements of the National Planning Framework; and
  • Applies those requirements in setting out relevant planning criteria for considering increased building height in various locations but principally (a) urban and city-centre locations and (b) suburban and wider town locations.
Areas which are included in this assessment are central and/or accessible locations and also intermediate urban locations where medium density residential development in excess of 45 residential units per hectare would be appropriate.

Following the six-week public consultation phase it is expected that the Guidelines will be finalised and published in Autumn of 2018.

Written submissions or observations can be made in relation to the guidelines up to Monday the 24th of September 2018 and emailed to forwardplanning@housing.gov.ie or alternatively posted to ‘Building Height Guidelines 2018 Consultation, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Custom House, Dublin 1, D01 W6X0’.

More information can be found by clicking the following link: Draft Urban Development and Building Heights.

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