National Policy and Official Guidelines for Planning Authorities
In Collaboration with The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DEHLG) of the Irish government and Loci Consultants, Professor Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem led a team of scholars and researchers to review and edit the Local Area Plans: Guidelines for Planning Authorities as official government policy document and authored the Best Practice Manual that gives exemplar procedures, processes and case studies that local planners could follow in their planning exercises. This project was funded by the Irish Government Policy on Architecture and the Main Partner was Queen’s University Belfast.
The Planning and Development Act 2000 introduced the concept of local area plans. Within the framework of higher-level plans (such as Regional, City and County Development Plans) local area plans provide more detailed planning policies for areas where significant development and change is anticipated, without having to prepare very detailed local planning policies and objectives for many specific areas within city and county development plans. Statutory Local Area Plans provide for proper consultation with the public and statutory consultees, and are subject to approval by elected members. The Act led to a rapid increase in the number of local area plans what made co-ordination of development with the provision of necessary public infrastructure and implementation of strategic planning policies such as the National Spatial Strategy and Regional Planning Guidelines more difficult.
"These new core strategies establish an evidential base for the zoning of land at national, regional and local levels"
Accordingly, the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2010 introduced important new legal obligations on planning authorities to ensure that both existing and future local area plans comply with new core strategies which have been incorporated into city and county development plans.
These new core strategies establish an evidential base for the zoning of land at national, regional and local levels through quantification of need and requirements for alignment of the quantity of land to be zoned for development, especially for residential purposes, between plans at national, regional and local levels.
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Nottingham Trent University