SFA Comment on National Planning Framework

Thursday, 2 February 2017

    • Strategic approach to planning needed to support Ireland’s 235,000 small businesses
    • Need to rebalance development away from the capital
The Small Firms Association today welcomed the launch of the public consultation for the National Planning Framework, ‘Ireland 2040 – Our Plan’.

Patricia Callan, SFA Director, stated: “Strategic planning is critical for business to prosper and the Small Firms Association welcomes the consultation on a National Planning Framework launched today. Small businesses exist in every village, town and city in the country and depend on infrastructure and services to maintain jobs and create vibrant local economies. With the fastest growing population in Europe, Ireland needs to invest considerably more in capital expenditure and must do so in a coordinated way that supports the development of the whole country. Dublin's share of Ireland’s GDP, at 42%, is far too high and the economic load needs to be spread more evenly. Most normal European countries would have their capital city deriving about 10-12% of economic activity, and even London is only about 20% of the UK's GDP. More balanced regional development will benefit all."

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For further comment or interview, contact Patricia Callan, SFA Director, on tel: 087 6999345 or email: patricia.callan@sfa.ie

Editor’s note

The SFA is the trusted partner of over 8,500 small businesses in Ireland. Its vision is of Ireland as the most vibrant small business community in the world – supporting entrepreneurship, valuing small business and rewarding risk takers.

More information about the SFA is available on the SFA website: www.sfa.ie or Twitter: @SFA_Irl
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