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Jan O'Sullivan at the launch of the new planning guidelines today Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

"Significant progress" made in tackling Celtic Tiger-era planning - Minister

Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan said significant progress is being made in tackling the legacy of Celtic Tiger-era planning.

SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IS being made in tackling the legacy of Celtic Tiger-era planning, the Minister for Housing and Planning has said.

Speaking at the launch of a report into planning, Jan O’Sullivan described the bad planning of the boom years as “addiction to zoning as opposed to real planning for communities”.

The Minister said that the findings of the Mahon Tribunal had emphasised the need for better planing in Ireland, and said concerted efforts by her department and local authorities had led to a more evidence-based approach to local planning.

There are currently eight city and county councils which have not yet completed the review of their zonings, as required by legislation dating back to 2010, Jan O’Sullivan said today.

The Minister said she will be communicating with the chairs and managers of the relevant local authorities in coming days to ensure that the legislation is complied with.

The Minister also launched, an information system for the public on the details of the 400 or so development plans and local area plans around the country.

Meanwhile the planning guidelines have been criticised by the opposition as a ‘non-event’.

Brian Stanley, Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on environment, community and local government, said that the report contained nothing new and underlined the need for real and radical reform of local government.

The Green Party last week criticised the coalition over its cancellation of inquiries into planning problems at six local authorities.

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