The Census 2016 summary results indicate that Ireland’s population in April 2016 was 4,761,865, an increase of 522,017 (12.3%) people since April 2006.
The Census 2016 summary results indicate that Ireland’s population in April 2016 was 4,761,865, an increase of 522,017 (12.3%) people since April 2006.
Linesight Strategy Management Consultancy published the ‘Ireland Regional Analysis’ report this week. The report presents a positive outlook for the Irish construction industry with strong growth in output levels for 2015 and 2016 (€15 billion in 2016, an increase of 18 percent on the 2015 level) expected to continue.
With the surge of new planning applications for solar panel farms in Ireland, An Bord Pleanala is calling for a strategic plan for their development.
Future Analytics Consulting Ltd. (FAC) have recently worked with the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) in the development of an online Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) calculator.
The Government has announced the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF), as part of the Rebuilding Ireland programme, with the approval for 34 public infrastructure projects across 15 Local Authority areas, €226 million for strategic infrastructure and 23,000 homes by 2021.
FAC, representing the Irish Planning Institute, presented on the important role of retail in town vibrancy and vitality, regeneration and revitalisation at the National Town Centre Health Check Training Programme workshop. The event was held in Dublin Castle on the 16 March and was attended by Damien English, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal.
We recently worked with the Housing Agency on their National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand 2016 (and Outlook for 2017-18).
The Chairman’s Foreword highlights that “we see from recent years that a shortage of affordable market housing in some areas has quickly transferred into pressure in other sectors, particularly the private and social rental sectors, while in other areas housing remains vacant for long periods”.
FAC was recently involved in the preparation of two EU research proposals submitted for funding under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.
At the end of 2016, the Oireachtas passed the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (PDRT 2016) which was introduced by the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney.
We will specifically be exploring the topic of Retail Planning, including Planning Authority Retail Strategies, Retail Impact Assessment, Retail Capacity Studies, Vacancy Dynamics, and more…! Future Analytics Consulting Ltd. (FAC) has been engaged in many retail-related projects, strategies and studies across Ireland and throughout Europe in recent years, and we have been undertaking town and village health checks, and retail strategies, in Ireland recently.
Disaster risk, impact and response expert, Professor David Alexander was the keynote speaker at the S-HELP Final Event, on Friday 27th January 2017. The event was organised by Future Analytics Consulting (FAC) and was held at Wood Quay Venue, Dublin to showcase the results of the FP7 project, in addition to hosting experts in the area of emergency management and providing a forum for discussion about the future of European research.
FAC Senior Associate Maria Rochford was in Brussels recently for the SMI2G information day and brokerage event for the Horizon 2020 Secure...Read More
‘Realising Our Potential: Action Plan for Rural Development‘ has been released by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Today, the Government will launch its plans for the future development of the country. ‘Ireland 2040 – Our Plan’ is the successor to 2002’s ‘National Spatial Strategy (NSS)’.
FAC has vast experience in the area of socioeconomic research, and will be harnessing these skills later in the year as part of a project to develop a comprehensive approach to prevent and counter violent radicalisation and extremism.
Future Analytics Consulting is attending the upcoming two-day Security Mission Information & Innovation Group (SMI2G) brokerage event in Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Brussels on 2nd and 3rd February 2017. The event is a networking platform where delegates can discuss the Secure Societies calls for European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funding, explore innovative ideas and find partners for each open call of the EU security research programme.
Independent research by Future Analytics Consulting formed the basis of a report which was published yesterday by the Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCSI). Residential and Commercial Property Market Review and Outlook 2017 received national coverage by print and broadcast media organisations.
South Dublin County Council has granted permission to our client Cedarvale Commercial Ltd. for a mixed-use development consisting of a total of 129 residential units including terraced houses, duplex units and apartments, shops and a crèche. Located beside the Fortunestown Luas stop, across from Citywest Shopping Centre and close to Citywest Business Park, the development will help define and knit together this new sustainable neighbourhood and prove to be a major positive addition to the vicinity with the highest standards in architectural, landscape and urban design.
This week’s avalanche in Central Italy, in which 30 people are missing and many feared dead, highlights the need for emergency response planning. Unfortunately, disasters like this are unavoidable, but it is possible to reduce the number of fatalities and casualties that occur.
The development of an effective healthcare strategy for Ireland (a need recently highlighted by Minister for Health, Simon Harris), will require an acute understanding of both the influences of demographic change on healthcare requirements, and also of how demographic change is set to impact service utilisation and overall costs.
In last Friday’s Irish Times, Minister for Health, Simon Harris highlighted the need for “detailed demographic analysis” to enable the mapping out of an effective strategy for healthcare in Ireland. The population is growing, and there are more people in the over-65 age group than ever before, who are more likely to rely on the health services. Informed analysis of the current data would provide clarity on the current situation and also allow the department to plan, based on predicted future trends.
The Irish utility scale solar photovoltaic sector experienced significant growth over the course of 2016. In January 2016, only two schemes had acquired planning permission. The situation in January 2017 is quite different as over 156 planning applications for utility scale solar energy schemes have been lodged with planning authorities. The status of each of these applications is set out below (Table 1).
Members of the public have been invited to forward their submissions to the Planning Authority of Meath County Council, for Stage 1 of their Development Plan review. The three-stage review process, which began in December 2016 will run for approximately another two years.
Today’s Irish Examiner article highlights the continuing debate on solar energy, and the need for specific planning guidelines for solar farms, such as the ones in the ‘Planning and Development Guidance Recommendations for Utility Scale Solar Photovoltaic Schemes in Ireland’ report compiled in November 2016 by FAC, and funded by the SEAI.
Dublin City Council is advancing proposals for the redevelopment of College Green as a pedestrian friendly civic space and Civic Plaza. This is a key objective of the Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022, and part of the council’s overall policy to develop the city’s character by enhancing Dublin’s renowned streets, civic spaces and squares; and to create further new streets as part of the public realm. College Green/Dame Street is designated as a part of the Civic Spine of the City.
'As the year draws to a close and we move towards the dawn of 2017, Future Analytics Consulting has been reflecting on...Read More
William Hynes is the Managing Director of Future Analytics Consulting (FAC), which he co-founded with Stephen M. Purcell in 2010. During this time the company has grown exponentially to employ 23 staff. He is a Chartered Town Planner, a Chartered Surveyor and economist, with extensive experience in strategic planning and transportation, and a member of the Central Statistics Office (CSO) Expert Group on national and regional population projections.
Future Analytics Consulting continues to advise extensively on change of use and development applications across the retail and restaurant space and has recently obtained planning permission to extend the independent Tex-Mex restaurant Mama’s Revenge to accommodate 20 additional patrons within the basement area of the protected structure.
GIS and Research Analyst Fergus Fahey is one of the more recent additions to the FAC team, having joined the company in September of this year. Since then, he has worked on projects relating to homelessness in Dublin 8, planning for a hotel in the Coombe, a web map viewer application for planning information and mapping the distribution of student accommodation. These projects have enabled Fergus to apply many of the GIS and Spatial Statistics skills which he developed writing the thesis to modern census data.
Future Analytics Consulting has completed a research project, funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland under its Research Development and Demonstration...Read More
The Irish Planning Institute held its Winter Planning Law Seminar in Portlaoise on Thursday 24th November. The event is an opportunity to catch up on the latest legal developments affecting the practice of planning and is a key event in the IPI’s CPD calendar.
INDICATE, a three-year project to develop an interactive decision support tool for urban planning and design held an event in Dundalk last week to demonstrate the tool to an audience of 50 stakeholders, from SEAI, Louth County Council, Trinity College Dublin, Integrated Environmental Solutions, and Dundalk Institute of Technology among others.
This week, FAC Associate Director, Richard Hamilton attended the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism’s World Congress 2016 – a global gathering that leveraged INTBAU’s influence to attract delegates and speakers from Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA to the headquarters of RIBA in Portland Place, London.
Minister Coveney officially published the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016 last week, as part of Pillar 3 of ‘Rebuilding Ireland – An Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness’.
36 planning applications have been granted for utility scale solar photovoltaic schemes by Irish local authorities or An Bord Pleanála. In addition, another 64 which have an estimated 725 Megawatts (MW) of solar PV capacity been lodged or are under consideration or appeal. This has increased by almost 24% since the last snapshot of the sector taken at the beginning of October. The combined site area for this potential capacity is 1625.2 hectares.
Fergus Fahey, GIS and Research Analyst at FAC, is the winner of the IRLOGI Student Poster Competition for his research project ‘A Tale of Two Suburbs: A GIS Analysis of the 1911 Census for Rathmines and Pembroke’.
Chris Czopp is a senior software developer and one of the newer members of the FAC team. He joined the company in July of this year, having just arrived in Ireland for the first time. Chris is originally from Poland and has spent seven years working in the UK. He has five years of commercial experience in the software industry and has worked with different web technologies and been part of the rapid evolution of how web-based applications are built.
Planning Consultant Daniel Moody started his career as an intern with FAC in the summer of 2014 before returning a year later as a full-time member of staff. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Geography, before progressing to UCD, where he completed his Masters in Regional and Urban Planning in 2015.
An Bord Pleanála has upheld a decision to prohibit the letting of a two-bed property in Temple Bar, through the Airbnb property-sharing website. The board ruled that the use of a residential apartment for short-term holiday lettings constitutes a change of use, and therefore requires planning permission.
The RESILENS project held a workshop in Lisbon on the 6th of October, 2016, to evaluate the resilience management matrix and audit toolkit (REMMAT) and the European Resilience Management Guideline they have developed. The project is coordinated by Dr Ehiaze Ehimen of FAC, who was in attendance to facilitate the event.
Roscommon native Enda Duignan brought his extensive professional and commercial planning expertise to FAC just over a year ago, on his return from a four-year sojourn in Melbourne. While there, he worked with a planning consultancy specialising in securing planning approval for a variety of residential and commercial developments across Melbourne and the State of Victoria.
Today is World Homeless Day – an annual international event to draw attention the issue of homelessness across the globe.
Homelessness charity Peter McVerry Trust has been selected as Future Analytics Consulting’s charity of choice this year because of the obvious parallels with our work in the housing sector, as well as our awareness of the impact of this issue in Ireland.
We provide a range of services to private clients of all sizes throughout the regulatory planning process. Our experience helps present their case effectively and find solutions that surmount development blockages. Two recent examples in recent weeks highlight how FAC has helped overturn refusal decisions from Dublin City Council, adding value to development schemes for our clients.
FAC has been advising extensively on change of use and vacant properties in recent years, including across the retail and restaurant space and has just successfully obtained Planning Permission from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for Quigley’s Café, a family-owned business who currently have 15 cafés across the country.
Future Analytics Consulting has just completed an intensive phase of consultation as part of the Templeshannon Urban Renewal Development Plan process in association with our partners Arup and Sheridan Tierney Architects.
FAC hosted last week’s workshop for stakeholders of the INTACT project which included critical infrastructure organisations Irish Rail, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and ESB Networks as well as representatives from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, local government authorities and other EU-funded projects.
Future Analytics Consulting hosted the final general assembly meeting of the S-HELP project last week.
Partners on the project from Ireland, Austria, Sweden and Israel gathered to discuss the progress of the project and the development of the tools which will comprise the S-HELP Decision Support System (DSS).
FAC Director Stephen M. Purcell attended the kick-off meeting of the EU-funded Gaming for Peace (GAP) project yesterday in Trinity College Dublin. The Horizon...Read More
Future Analytics Consulting has joined a multi-disciplinary group of researchers to add our data analytics and societal impact assessment skills to a...Read More
FAC, in association with Arup and Sheridan Tierney Architects has been appointed by Wexford County Council to prepare an urban renewal development plan for the Templeshannon area of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford .
Ireland’s population has grown by more than 12% to 4,757,976 people in the past decade but this increase has not been evenly spread across the country.
FAC is examining population growth in Ireland over the past ten years, following on from the release of preliminary data from Census...Read More
FAC has been advising extensively on change of use and vacant properties in recent years, including across the retail and restaurant space...Read More
FAC has played a vital role in helping Global Student Accommodation achieve a grant of permission for a 571-bedspace student housing development in Dublin 7. The scheme also includes ground floor retail space and community facilities.
FAC’s ‘Constituency Dashboards’ were launched as a pilot project this week in Leinster House by the Oireachtas Library and Research Service. The dashboards serve as a data visualisation and analytical platform for TDs, Senators and supporting staff, in accessing a range of key census indicators relevant to their own constituencies.
Future Analytics Consulting has assisted BAM Property in securing planning permission for a 303-bedspace student accommodation scheme in Dublin 8. This forms part of a larger project that also includes a 202-bedroom hotel, business incubation hubs and office space. The development will play an important role in the ongoing regeneration of the Liberties and Newmarket areas of the city.