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RTPI Ireland urges new Minister to tackle housing crisis

18 May 2016

RTPI Ireland has written to Simon Coveney, the new Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, to support his comments that the housing and homelessness crisis is the number one priority for Ireland. The Institute has offered to work with him to explore how the planning system can be part of the solution to this.

John Downey, Chair of RTPI Ireland, said:

“Solving the housing crisis was the first of eight priorities we campaigned for ahead of the election. We are committed to ensuring that planning supports a growth in quality, affordable housing, with an example of this being our upcoming Planning for Housing conference which will share practical ways forward.

"The planning review provides and opportunity to look at these issues and so we are keen to work with the Minister to show how - with the right tools - planners and the planning system can help to deliver new homes across the country.”

RTPI Ireland has also submitted evidence to Dáil Éireann’s Homeless and Housing Committee, saying that planning can have an important role to play in providing a quality home for everyone who needs one and that this needs investment in housing and infrastructure. Regional Strategies, Economic and Community Plans, Development plans, investment plans and infrastructure delivery need to be better aligned with each other.  It also calls on planning authorities to be adequately resourced to enable them to provide an effective and efficient service.