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23/04/2015

IPI vexed by lack of council planning professionals

Words: Roger Milne

The Irish Planning Institute has echoed concern voiced by the RTPI last year that local authority planning departments need to be better-resourced and that a drop in the number of local authority planners will cause planning delays and could hinder economic recovery.

The number of planners in local authorities has dropped by 32 per cent since 2006, according to the IPI.

Non-planners outnumber planners in the Republic’s local authority planning departments.

IPI president Mary Hughes said: “Ireland is now the fastest-growing economy in Europe and this growth is evident in the increase in planning applications nationally.

"The IPI is therefore calling on local authorities and government to re-examine the structure of their planning departments and to ensure that a full complement of professional planners is in place. It is only by doing this that public confidence in the planning system will be assured."

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