Sustainable Planning and Design for Communities in the Republic of Ireland
As a result of over-zoning for housing development in the Republic of Ireland (RoI), a new suite of development plans is being prepared using rigorous processes. In 2011, Dr. Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem and Dr. Stephen McKay were appointed by the Department for Environment, Heritage and Local Government in the RoI to contribute to the preparation of good practice and procedural guidance, to assist in remedying the negative impacts of the current raft of local plans and to shape policy development. First, they were lead partners in the production of the Manual for Local Plans, a companion document to the Guidelines for Planning Authorities on Local Area Plans, which is a good practice guide on design and will inform the new Local Area Plan preparation process. Specifically, planning authorities must refer to the manual when preparing all Local Area Plans. Second, they assessed and commented on the predraft Guidelines for Planning Authorities: Creating Sustainable Communities, which will be employed in the preparation of the nationwide suite of Local Area Plans.
The Planning Guidelines and Manual for Local Area Plans are part of the Government Policy on Architecture (2009-2015) Action Plan, which aims to review and progressively enhance design and planning practices in the country. It informs the procedures and processes that have to be followed for future developments in the built environments in the Republic of Ireland, while also help enhance more integrative visions for planning applications to consider socio-economic aspects in development proposals. It insisted on the coordination with regional and national development plans as well as integrated with neighboring local area plans. Both documents will foster progressive approach to planning of Local Areas for the coming decade.
Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (2012) Manual for Local Plans: a companion document to the Guidelines for Planning Authorities on Local Area Plans: Creating Sustainable Communities. Dublin: DEHLG.
Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (2012) Local Area Plans: Guidelines for Planning Authorities. Dublin: DEHLG.