• Expert Group Report on the National Planning Framework Published

    The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, TD, has welcomed the publication of the Expert Group Report in relation to the First Revision of the National Planning Framework (NPF).

    The Expert Group, comprising three independent experts with experience of spatial planning, economic and social development and environmental protection, was established in March 2023. The Expert Group was requested by the Minister to provide a high-level overview of the NPF, published in 2018, and to identify matters to be considered in the first statutory revision of the NPF.

    Government formally commenced the process to undertake the First Revision of the NPF in June 2023, and the process is due to be completed in April 2024.

    The Expert Group’s Report summarised that the NPF Revision should build on the current NPF strategy and strengthen it in three broad respects:

    • Compact growth targets should be more ambitious and more clearly defined;
    • The roles of the bodies involved in its implementation should be clarified and strengthened (particularly in relation to Metropolitan Area Strategic Plans) and mechanisms put in place for more detailed measurement and monitoring of its progress; and
    • There should be greater coordination at whole of government level across all infrastructure projects (including the NDP) and new efforts made to generate broader support for national spatial planning across all of society.

    The Report has highlighted a total of thirteen recommendations, categorised generally under the following headings:

    • Settlement Strategy and Compact Growth;
    • Investment and Prioritisation;
    • Implementation and Monitoring;
    • Support Measures for National Spatial Planning; and
    • Miscellaneous Recommendations

    In welcoming the report Minister O’Brien said:

    “This Report is an important signpost in the First Revision to the National Planning Framework and provides clarity on what should be the focus for this revision. I wish to thank the members of the Expert Group for their valuable contribution, expertise and commitment with this body of work.

    “I am giving careful consideration to the recommendations of the Expert Group, as the revision process provides the opportunity to develop the national planning policy agenda to shape Ireland’s future growth and development in the years ahead.”

    The Minister of State for Local Government and Planning, Kieran O’Donnell TD, emphasised the value of the report to the revision process:

    “In completing this Report, the members of the Expert Group have undertaken a comprehensive review which will be instrumental in informing the debate and discussion with key stakeholder groups specifically established for the revision process, including the reconvened Planning Advisory Forum. I look forward to engaging with the Forum members on the Expert Group report and advancing to the next stage of the revision process over the coming weeks.”

    The Expert Group submitted their Report to Minister O’Brien on 16th August 2023 and it will now inform the preparation of an ‘Issues Paper’ which is currently in development for stakeholder consultation.

    This process will also inform the preparation of the draft NPF Revision, which will be subject to Oireachtas engagement and scrutiny by the Joint Oireachtas Committee. The draft revision will be published for consultation in December 2023.

    All relevant information pertaining to the revision will be available on the dedicated website, accessible at .

  • Circulars

    NPF Implementation Roadmap - PDF
    NPF Implementation Roadmap – Click to enlarge

    Circular FPS 05-2018 - Urban Renegeration and Development Fund - Call for Proposals - PDF
    Circular FPS 05-2018 – Urban Renegeration and Development Fund – Call for Proposals

    Circular FPS 04-2018 - Implementation Roadmap for the National Planning Framework - PDF
    Circular FPS 04-2018 – Implementation Roadmap for the National Planning Framework

    Circular FPS 06-2018 - The National Planning Framework - PDF
    Circular FPS 06-2018 – The National Planning Framework

  • Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) – Call for Proposals

    URDF Advertisement
    URDF Advertisement – Click to enlarge

    As part of Project Ireland 2040, the Government announced the establishment of a new Urban Regeneration and DevelopmentFund (URDF), primarily to support the compact growth and sustainable development of Ireland’s five cities and other large urban centres.

    The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) has responsibility for implementing the URDF, which has an allocation of €2 billion in the National Development Plan (NDP) to 2027, primarily to support the compact growth and sustainable development of Ireland’s five cities and other large urban centres.

    In line with the objectives of the National Planning Framework (NPF), the Fund is designed to leverage a greater proportion of residential and commercial development, supported by infrastructure, services and amenities, within the existing built ‘footprint’ of our larger settlements.

  • New Publications

    Appropriate Assessment Conclusion - PDF
    Appropriate Assessment Conclusion

    Post-Consultation Natura Impact Statement - PDF
    Post-Consultation Natura Impact Statement

    Appropriate Assessment Determination - PDF
    Appropriate Assessment Determination

  • Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) Statement

    SEA Statement - PDF
    SEA Statement (Click to view the publication)

    As required under EU legislation, the Government carried out a number of environmental assessments of the draft National Planning Framework. These included a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), an Appropriate Assessment (AA) in relation to the EU Habitats Directive, and also a Strategic Flood Risk Appraisal (SFRA).

    These assessments were taken into consideration in the finalisation of the Framework document and the document complies with the requirements of the Directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (the SEA Directive) as implemented in Ireland through the European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programmes) Regulations (S.I. No. 435 of 2004), as amended, and the Planning and Development (Strategic Environmental Assessment) Regulations 2004 (S.I. No. 436 of 2004), as amended.

  • Reimagining our Country:
    Government launches €116bn
    Project Ireland 2040

    Issued by the Government Press Office

    • First time in Irish history that Planning & Investment have been linked
    • Four new funds totalling €4bn for rural & urban growth, climate action & innovation
    • Major transport focus linking all parts of Ireland & filling gaps in North West
    • €22bn climate change programme as well as major public transport investment
    • Preparing Ireland for Brexit by investing in the future & targeting at risk sectors

    Project Ireland 2040 National Planning Framework - PDF
    Project Ireland 2040 National Planning Framework (Click to view)

    An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and the Government today launched a €116 billion plan to re-imagine Ireland and prepare for the future following a special Cabinet meeting at the Institute of Technology in Sligo.

    In front of an audience of college students, the Cabinet unveiled Project Ireland 2040 which aims to build their Ireland of tomorrow, and prepare for a future society which will have an extra one million people, and 660,000 more people at work.

  • Prospects for Irish Regions and Counties: Scenarios and Implications Economic and Social Research Institute ( ESRI) Research Series No.70

    Prospects for Irish Regions and Counties - PDFThe ESRI research, published today, provides projections for regions and counties across Ireland up to the year 2040, examining what will happen if current spatial planning patterns continue (known as the Business as Usual approach), and what would happen in a range of alternative scenarios. Under the alternative scenarios, the broad regional distribution of population, jobs and employment growth has been considered. The research and modelling, carried out by the ESRI as part of this research project, has been used to inform the growth strategy for the NPF, with the Business as Usual approach providing a baseline from which the other alternative future scenarios were developed. From this an optimal scenario was considered and applied to the NPF.

  • Submission Deadline

    Submissions on Ireland 2040 – Our Plan, draft National Planning Framework are no longer being accepted. The deadline for receipt of submissions was 12pm, Friday November 10th 2017.

  • Submission Deadline Extended

    The closing date for submissions has been extended until 12 Noon on Friday 10th November 2017. See the Share Your Views page for details on how to make your submission.

  • Ireland 2040 Our Plan – Press Release

    Today the Government published “Ireland 2040 – Our Plan” for its final round of public consultations. Over the next number of weeks, until 3 November, the public will have a chance to review what is essentially the long-term strategic planning framework for our country’s future growth and prosperity. Ireland 2040 – Our Plan will guide national, regional and local planning opportunities throughout our Republic together with investment decisions for at least the next two decades.

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