Irish Planning Institute Autumn Planning Conference 2018

The Irish Planning Institute (IPI) recently held its annual autumn conference in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin. The conference is a key event on the IPI’s calendar and it provides a forum for learning and discussion on emerging planning and environmental law issues, both in Ireland and abroad.

The one-day conference was attended by planning professionals, engineers, architects, surveyors, regulatory officials, property and housing professionals, and policy-makers. Among the speakers at the conference were Minister Damien English, representatives from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and speakers from right across the planning system and the allied professions, as well as other major stakeholders.

The agenda for the conference focused on ‘Planning for Regeneration’. Joe Carr, President of the IPI, opened the conference proceedings by highlighting the importance of policy-makers stepping up to the mark as they implement the new framework for national planning set out in the National Planning Framework, which will mean making difficult decisions to avoid urban sprawl and to implement a sea-change in relation to promoting and delivering compact growth.

The conference agenda focused on key issues in the successful regeneration of our cities, towns and villages, drawing together many case studies and experiences to stimulate debate and facilitate the sharing of best practice and ideas. In addition, delegates were updated on recent Planning Legislation changes, including the establishing of the new Office of the Planning Regulator that will be a significant addition to the planning regime in Ireland.

An overview of the recently launched Urban Regeneration and Development Fund and the Rural Regeneration Development Fund under Project Ireland 2040 were shared with delegates. The new funding opportunities signal a €3 billion commitment to regeneration across Ireland under the National Development Plan. These and other investment funds now offer a very significant opportunity for well-planned regeneration projects to be realised and to deliver a better quality of place at the heart of our communities – a key objective of planning.

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