New guidelines for ensuring sufficient housing provision in Longford
Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke TD, has issued new national guidelines for the preparation of local authority Development Plans in Longford and throughout the country.
The revised guidelines aim to ensure Development Plans take into account the forecasted amount of housing in an area and that sufficient new homes can be built in key areas of housing demand in Longford.
Development Plans outline where housing, infrastructure and services should be located over a six-year period.
‘Development Plans – Guidelines for Planning Authorities’ is intended as the ‘go-to’ reference manual for all those who may be involved in the often complex process of producing a development plan for Longford. While principally aimed at local authority planners and councillors, they will also assist citizens and those involved in the development sector.
Welcoming the new guidelines, Minister Burke said:
“These revised planning guidelines will help planners, local elected representatives, the public and the development sector to develop the best possible plan for Longford. It will also help ensure adequate provision is made for housing, particularly in areas of high demand in Longford. This is crucial at a time of such acute need.
The Minister added: “Planning and the development plan in Longford can be made much more effective if the process is understood by the public, through open communication that is accessible to the maximum number of people. To this end, my Department has included many infographics as well as relevant case studies of good practices from around the country. I believe this will enhance the understanding of the Guidelines and ensure their effective implementation by Longford County Council and other planning authorities.”
The guidelines, revised for the first time since 2007, include:
Minister Burke added, “A number of important issues raised in the submissions received have been incorporated into the final set of Guidelines and I would like to thank all who took the time and effort to make a contribution to the consultation. It has greatly assisted us in the production of what I believe will be a significant step forward in the quality of plan making over the next number of years.”
Publication of the revised guidelines fulfils a commitment in Housing for All, the Government’s housing plan to 2030, to finalise section 28 guidelines on the making of Development Plans. The plan contains a range of actions and measures to ensure over 300,000 new social, affordable, cost rental and private homes are built by 2030, backed by over €20 billion in guaranteed State investment to the end of 2026. Data shows that Commencement Notices were received for the construction of over 30,000 homes between June 2021 and May 2022, 18.5% higher than the corresponding 2020-2021 period.
The preparation of a Development Plan is an essential function of Longford County Council, where important choices about the future development of the area are made for the next six years. The making of a development plan is a key exercise in local democracy, which includes community input at various stages of the two year preparation process, in order to produce the framework for local planning decisions.
A copy of the Development Plans Guidelines for Planning Authorities can be downloaded from the Department’s website HERE
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