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Need to distinguish rhetoric from real commitments in National Planning Framework – Ó Broin

16 February, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has commented on the launch of the National Planning Framework by the government today.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Sinn Féin will carefully study the National Planning Framework (NPF) and the National Development Plan over the coming days and will give our considered response during Dáil statements next week. 

“We need to separate out genuinely new announcements from the repackaging of existing or already announced commitments. 

“The government will be judged on delivery, not poetic launches and elaborate web sites that could have been delivered a bit better themselves. 

“I do acknowledge that there are changes in the NPF from the earlier drafts especially in terms of regional development, the North West & the All-Ireland dimension and we will study these changes carefully.

“I am however concerned that population growth is still focused on Dublin and the Eastern Midlands region which effectively means the Dublin commuter belt. This is not sustainable. 

“The plan also remains blind to spatial dimension of deprivation and inequality and the public transport and climate change mitigation measures remain relatively weak. 

“I am disappointed that the North has been treated as a neighbour rather than an integral part of the plan distinct from other EU member states. 

“In relation to the housing elements announced today, the Land Regeneration Agency has potential if it is designed properly, has real powers and focuses on delivering Council led social and affordable housing on public land. We also need more detail on the public transport and climate change mitigation measures.

“There is still a need to clarify the legal status of  the NPF as it is not yet on a statutory footing and contrary to government claims this can only be done following votes in the Dáil and Seanad. This needs to be teased out during the Dáil statements next week.” 

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