Professor Rob Kitchin: Why Planning Failed In Ireland. 20.03.2018

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Westport Civic Trust lecture ‘Why planning keeps failing in Ireland and prospects for the National Planning Framework’.

Introduced by Patrick Duffy.

This lecture, was held on 20 March at 8pm at the Westport Coast Hotel, will be given by Professor Rob Kitchin. It examined the history of planning in Ireland from the first Planning Act in 1963 to the present day. In particular it will focus on large-scale, strategic planning and excavate the reasons for the failure and death of the National Spatial Strategy. It then considered the prospects of success for the new National Planning Framework in guiding long-term investment in infrastructure and services, and population growth.

Professor Rob Kitchin is Professor of Human Geography and European Research Council Advanced Investigator in the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis, of which he was director between 2002 and 2013, at Maynooth University. He was the 2013 Recipient of the Royal Irish Academy’s Gold Medal for the Social Sciences, received the Association of American Geographers ‘Meridian Book Award’ for the outstanding book in the discipline in 2011, and his research has been discussed over 600 times in local, national and international news media. Professor Kitchin has frequently been interviewed on national and local radio during the recession about ‘ghost estates’, the housing crisis, and the fallout from poor spatial planning in Ireland. 20.03.2017

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