Niall Cussen

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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 Enterprise  Heather Humphreys, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Housing  Eoghan Murphy  during the launch of the establishment of the Land Development Agency, at the Department of Social Protection, Dublin. File photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

There is much about the Land Development Agency (LDA) that seems sensible, to the point it is a wonder that it didn’t exist sooner. It is difficult t(...)

 Niall Cussen  is currently the chief planner at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and was involved in the development of the National Planning Framework published earlier this year.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

An independent planning regulator has been appointed by the Government. Niall Cussen will oversee the new Office of the Planning Regulator, which is(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government Eoghan Murphy at the launch of the establishment of the Land Development Agency.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government policy is fuelling further land speculation and making the housing crisis worse, a leading housing expert has warned. University College D(...)

Developer Michael O’Flynn predicted a static level of housing supply in the absence of significant Government intervention. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There are “serious” viability issues for property developments outside of Dublin, a leading property developer has said. Speaking to The Irish Times,(...)

Derry: It is  a ‘city in the Republic and a city in Northern Ireland, and must be planned for on those levels’.

The consequences of Brexit must not be allowed to disrupt plans for the future of the northwest of the island, an all-Ireland planning conference in D(...)

The committee was told that with planning permission on hand for 33,000 houses in the capital the planning system was not the problem, “how we activate the delivery of homes is the issue”. Photograph: PA

Delays in the planning system could be adding as much as €4,000 a year to the purchase price of a new home, senior Department of Housing officials hav(...)

The planning process was not holding back the construction of houses, according to the president of the Irish Planning Institute.

Allowing applications for developments of more than 100 homes to be made directly to An Bord Pleanála will damage democracy and increase the risk of (...)