FRANK McDONALD, Environment Editor
Eighty per cent of architects believe that planning decisions made by local authorities do not support good quality design, according to a survey commissioned by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI).
In the survey, carried out by Behaviour and Attitudes, architects rated Sligo County Council as the best planning service provider and Clare County Council as the poorest in terms of dealing with planning applications.
RIAI president SeÃ¡n Ã“ Laoire said the lack of consistency among local authorities â€œis wasting the resources of architects who have lodged planning applications as well as that of the local authorities themselves.
â€œThe survey results show that we are not in a position to deliver quality in the built environment with current planning practicesâ€, he said.
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