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New Book ‘Integrated Area Planning: A Sustainable Approach’ Explores the Application of Collaborative Planning Principles Within an Irish Context

2008-07-16 06:34:00

DUBLIN, Ireland–(EMWNews)–Research and Markets (

has announced the addition of the “Integrated Area Planning: A

Sustainable Approach” report to their offering.

Over the past seven years, Tipperary Institute (TI) has been

commissioned by various local authorities and community groups to assist

them in dealing with issues arising from the planning process. These

groups were interested in drawing up good local development plans and

were interested in finding a less adversarial, and more positive, way of

engaging in such processes. Since TI’s central mission is the promotion

of rural development, and given the importance of planning in the rural

context, such involvement in planning has become an important focus for

TI. This work has allowed TI staff to develop a framework for local

planning called Integrated Area Planning (IAP).

The proposition that lies behind this book (a synthesis of lessons

learned over the past seven years) is that the decisions about how a

particular geographic area develops should be made in a way that

actively involves the community in question. A fundamental process that

affects how areas develop is how decisions about land-use and

environmental management are made. The type of planning mechanism used

when such decisions are made may have a profound impact on the way that

area actually develops. Rather than seeing planning as a mechanistic

exercise, or a process that is owned by experts, the broad-based

ownership of the planning process is recognised and what are called

collaborative planning principles are applied. This book explores the

application of these collaborative planning principles within an Irish


Key Topics Covered:





Ciaran Lynch & Catherine Corcoran

Planning Issues in Small Places

Two Types of Rural?

Integrated Area Planning in Action

1 The Concept of Participation in Land-use Planning

Ciaran Lynch

Participation in Planning in Ireland

Conceptualising Participation

Critics of Collaborative Planning


2 The Kinvara Case-Study

Catherine Corcoran

Tipperary Institute & Participatory Planning

Stages in Developing an IAP Framework

Conclusions & Recommendations

3 The Environment & the IAP Process

Elisha McGrane

IAP & Environmental Sustainability

EU, National, Regional & Local Policy

The Story So Far Reflections on IAPs

Future Possible Developments in the IAP Process


Hacketstown Integrated Area Plan Epilogue

Appendix: Summary of Visions, Objectives & Actions for the Natural

Environment, from the Hacketstown IAP, 2004

4 The IAP Process & Capacity-building

Michael Ryan

The Research Methodology

The Research Findings

Research Findings for Stage 1

Research Findings for Stage 2

Research Findings for Stage 3

Issues Identified for Further Research


Appendix: TI Research Timetable for the Hacketstown IAP process

5 Exploring the Capacity of Individuals to Participate

Bridget Kirwan

Defining Participation

The Individuals Motivation to Participate

Participation in Practice The IAP Experience



6 GIS Applications in IAP

Martin McCormack

Advantages of GIS in IAP

Information Requirements for an IAP

Planning for Sustainability: Optimising Resources & Preparing for Change


7 Making Local Development Plans: The Irish Experience

Ciaran Lynch

The Local Government System

Land-use Planning

The Irish Planning System The Legal Context

The Irish Planning System The Policy Context

The Irish Planning System The Institutional


8 Participation, Politics & Organisations

Paul Keating

The Political Context of Participation

The Institutionalisation of Participation


9 Social Inclusion vs Social Integration

Cora Horgan

The Context of Rural Social Exclusion

Social Inclusion

Social Integration

IAP: Combining Social Inclusion & Social Integration

is this Social Cohesion?


10 Conclusion

Ciaran Lynch & Catherine Corcoran


Further Reading



1.1 Models of Decision-making

2.1 Proposed Steps in Developing an IAP

3.1 View over Hacketstown, Co. Carlow

3.2 View of Kinvara town, from across the bay (viewed from NE)

3.3 View to SE of Kinvara town, across the bay area

3.4 Vision, Objectives, Actions & Indicators for Hacketstown, Co. Carlow

4.1 Hacketstown, Co. Carlow Location

4.2 Overview of the TI-IAP Process in Hacketstown

4.3 Draft Capacity-building Indicators

4.4 Capacity-building Indicators Frequency

of Reference

4.5 Steering Group & TI Perception of Improvement in Capacity-building


5.1 Participation

5.2 Power & Involvement

5.3 Ericksons Psychosocial Stages

5.4 Training Opportunities, based on Coveys Seven


5.5 The Cost/Benefit of Participation

5.6 The Pattern of Participation

5.7 The Age Profiles of Participants

5.8 The Participation Pattern by Gender at Steering Group Meetings

6.1 Map Showing Percentage Population Change (1996-2006) for Co. Offaly

by DED

6.2 Shannonbridge DED & Surrounding DEDs (in Offaly, Roscommon & Galway)

6.3 Shannonbridge DED & Surrounding DEDs: Number of Houses Built per DED


6.4 Nature Designations at Kinvara, Co Offaly

6.5 Draft Proposals for Land-use at Ferbane, Co. Offaly (c. 2001)

6.6 Map Showing Derelict Buildings in Eyrecourt, Co Galway (based on

2004 survey)

6.7 Community Proposals for Improved Paths & Lighting for Hacketstown,

Co Carlow

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