Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (782)

Catherine Martin

Question:

782. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the policy on architecture expired over two years ago; her plans to replace it; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10065/18]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

The Government policy on architecture 2009 to 2015 placed an emphasis on sustainable development of the environment and urban design, incorporating architectural heritage in a holistic integrated manner, and supporting high quality modern architecture.

The 45 actions set out in the Government policy on architecture covered a broad spectrum and involved many participants in addition to Government Departments and State agencies. My Department produced three biennial reports which sets out the actions successfully concluded and projects funded.

In 2016, my Department initiated a stock-taking exercise on actions completed to date to inform a review on the renewal of the policy.

This review was advanced more in mid-2017 via the Government policy on architecture advisory committee, GPAAC, which is representative of all key stakeholders in the policy and a colloquium was hosted by the Department in July 2017 which reviewed actions concluded to date by specific stakeholders. An orientation paper for public consultation will issue in mid-2018 and the target date to complete an updated policy is early 2019, subject to Government approval.