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New guidelines released to ensure sufficient housing supply in Carlow


The Minister of State for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke TD, this week released new national guidance for the preparation of local authority development plans in Carlow and across the country.

The revised guidelines aim to ensure that development plans take account of the expected number of homes in an area and that sufficient new homes can be built in key areas of housing demand in Carlow.

Development plans describe where housing, infrastructure and services should be located over a six-year period.

‘Development Plans – Guidelines for Planning Authorities’ is intended as the essential reference manual for anyone who may be involved in the often complex process of producing a development plan for Carlow.

Aimed primarily at planners and elected representatives of local authorities, they will also come to the aid of citizens and development actors.

Welcoming the new guidelines, Minister Burke said:

“These revised planning guidelines will help planners, local elected officials, the public and the development sector to come up with the best possible plan for Carlow.

“It will also help to ensure that adequate arrangements are made for accommodation, particularly in high demand areas of Carlow. This is crucial at a time when the needs are so acute.

The Minister added:

“Planning and development planning in Carlow can be made much more effective if the process is understood by the public, through open communication accessible to as many people as possible.

“To that end, my department has included numerous infographics as well as relevant case studies of good practices from across the country. I believe this will improve understanding of the guidelines and ensure their effective implementation by Carlow County Council and other planning authorities.

The guidelines, revised for the first time since 2007, include:

  • A clear approach to ensure that each development plan includes a long-term sustainable housing strategy in line with national housing goals and policies
  • A clear method of identifying and zoning land for new housing, and prioritizing land that can most quickly and appropriately provide new housing. Longer-term development areas and strategic development sites that require more infrastructure works can also be facilitated for development in the future.
  • Confirmation that land that is serviced and available for construction of new housing should be kept as such, rather than dezoned
  • A shift towards targeting housing production and delivery
  • Facilitating development activity in cities and urban areas that creates compact, integrated communities, assists in the regeneration of brownfield sites, activates virgin land reserves for housing, and supports the creation of places and the growth of sustainable communities . This approach is underpinned by the new residential property tax introduced as part of the Finance Act 2021 – which will apply where land zoned and serviced for housing remains undeveloped.
  • Assistance to Carlow County Council and other local authorities and communities to adapt key national policies, such as Town Center First and the Climate Action Plan, into their local development strategy. The formulation of specifically tailored local goals and policies can greatly assist in accessing key funding opportunities to enable local development initiatives.

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 everyone who took the time and effort to contribute to the consultation. This has greatly assisted us in producing what I believe will be a significant step forward in the quality of plan development over the next few years. »

The release of the revised guidelines responds to a commitment made in Housing for All, the government’s 2030 housing plan, to finalize the Section 28 guidelines on developing development plans.

The plan contains a series of actions and measures aimed at ensuring the construction of more than 300,000 new social, affordable and affordable rental and private housing units by 2030, supported by more than 20 billion euros of guaranteed public investments. until the end of 2026.

The data shows that notices of commencement were received for the construction of more than 30,000 homes between June 2021 and May 2022, which is 18.5% more than the corresponding 2020-2021 period.

The preparation of a development plan is a core function of Carlow County Council, where important choices regarding the future development of the area are made for the next six years.

Developing a development plan is a key exercise in local democracy, which includes community input at various stages of the two-year preparation process, to produce the framework for local planning decisions.

A copy of the Development Plan Guidelines for Planning Authorities can be downloaded from the ministry’s website. here