Planners must build trust with people to help them see “what’s best for them” rather than “what they think they actually want”. Photograph: Getty Images

Communities need to undergo a “cultural change” to accept sustainable high density housing developments, Minister of State for Housing Damien English (...)

New figures show that to the end of last month An Bord Pleanála had granted permission for 67 strategic housing developments schemes. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

One of Ireland’s most senior planners has urged public representatives to be more “responsible” in their approach to high-density housing and resist “(...)

Niall Cussen is the State’s first planning regulator. People who do not co-operate with his office will be guilty of a criminal offence. Photograph: Alan Betson

Local authorities can expect to be assessed on their planning performance every five to 10 years under a new regime from the State’s first planning re(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: “we also have to make sure that people aren’t using the planning system to try and stop new homes being built where they are needed.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

“Objection culture” is one of the most serious challenges facing the system as more and more houses are being planned for and built, Minister for Hous(...)

Sitka Spruce in Co Leitrim.

The Sitka Spruce is the “Friesian cow of trees”, a senior Coillte executive has told a planning conference in Co Leitrim, where there is widespread co(...)

The Strategic Housing Developments Scheme  provides a special fast-track process for developments of more than 100 housing units, or student accommodation schemes involving more than 200 bed spaces. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/ Bloomberg

The number of fast-tracked large housing and student accommodation schemes being developed is ramping up significantly and spreading to outside Dublin(...)

Premises for sale in Kiltimagh, Co Mayo. File photograph: Alan Betson

A report published on Friday found that small towns in Ireland are suffering a long drawn-out decline and are in urgent need of attention. The Society(...)

Construction at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. The housing problem “offers the potential for spectacular failure if policy interventions are inappropriate”, Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In the scramble to try to tackle the shortage of housing supply in Dublin, the Government in 2015 set its sights on Dublin City Council’s development(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is mistaken in his view that soaring residential towers should form part of any strategy to deal with the current housing emergency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than half-a-century ago, as Dublin was experiencing a housing crisis, then minister for local government Neil Blaney was persuaded by constructio(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said he would lift the ‘numerical height caps’  in city cores and along key public transport corridors.  File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It is time to address the “faintly ridiculous restrictions on effective and efficient use of scarce building land”, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy(...)

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