Regeneration, Brownfield and Infill Development In pursuit of the NPF’s NPO 3a, 3b & 3c, the Development Plan Core Strategy’ should be accompanied by specific objectives setting out the achievement of urban infill/ brownfield development. Requirements for brownfield site remediation shall consider: • Seeking initiatives that enable site assembly for regeneration and initiatives that promote regeneration of brownfield lands over greenfield lands across all tiers of urban settlements including smaller towns and rural villages; • Local Authorities through their respective County Development Plans and Local Area Plans will set out policies and objectives to support the reuse/refurbishment of existing disused and derelict rural dwellings for residential purposes, community or commercial (including social enterprise) and encourage new uses for disused/derelict farm buildings including residential where appropriate, subject to normal planning considerations and ensure that re-use is compatible with environmental and heritage protection; • The establishment of database with site briefs specifically for brownfield sites zoned for development which will be continually renewed and updated as opportunities arise though active land management processes, so that brownfield re-use can be managed and co-ordinated across multiple stakeholders; • Target measures to reduce the extent of vacancy within our Region’s existing building stock and seek investment in refurbishment initiatives to bring underused property assets into use in the residential market; • Target measures and support initiatives that
promote retrofitting and improving the quality of the existing building stock, especially energy efficiency, green infrastructure, digital infrastructure, smart technologies to future proof our existing buildings andneighbourhoods; • In brownfield developments, the preparation of a Construction & Development Waste Management Plan (C&D WMP) should be prepared in the early stages of project development to facilitate suitable arrangements for the proper and authorised management of wastes; • In accordance with the “Best Practice Guidelines on the Preparation of Waste Management Plans for Construction and Demolition Projects”, published by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) and any updated guidelines, Development plans shall seek that a C&D WMP shall accompany a planning application for projects which exceed specified threshold limits for both public and private sectors with the key objectives to (i) minimise the amount of waste generated as part of the project, (ii) maximise the amount of material for re-use on site, (iii) maximise the amount of material which is sent off site for reuse, recycling or reprocessing and (iv) assess by product options and (v) minimise the amount of material sent to landfill/export. Waste management plans should also consider potential impacts arising from spreading of invasive species; • Proposals for brownfield regeneration in strategic locations including docklands, should be accompanied by a site risk assessment and a clear waste plan for anywastes arising, including consideration of hazardous or contaminated material.
Support for Compact Growth a. Local Authorities, through Development Plan and Local Area Plan policies, shall identify rejuvenation priorities within our Region’s settlements which demonstrate achievement of National Strategic Outcome: Compact Growth; b. Development Plans shall set out a transitional minimum requirement to deliver at least half (50%) of all new homes that are targeted in the Region’s three Cities and suburbs of Cork, Limerick and Waterford, within their existing built up footprints in accordance
with NPF National Policy Objective 3b. This will be evidence based on availability and deliverability of lands within the existing built up footprints; c. Development Plans shall set out a transitional minimum requirement to deliver at least 30% of all new homes that are targeted in settlements other than the cities and suburbs, within their existing built-up footprints in accordance with NPF National Policy Objective 3c. This will be evidence based on availability and deliverability of lands within the existing built up footprints.
The Land Development Agency has been established to coordinate and develop key state-owned lands for regeneration and development, and to drive strategic land assembly working with public and private sector land owners to promote the delivery of housing and other development. It is envisaged the agency will have Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and other legislative powers to allow a more proactive land management role.
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