Thursday, 2 April 2009

McVerry Trust benefits from planning advice service

BPS PLANNING CONSULTANTS from Wicklow Town have teamed up with the Peter McVerry Trust to launch a joint-pilot initiative providing free planning advice clinics to members of the public.

The fundraising initiative will provide free, impartial advice from fully qualified and experienced town planners on all planning issues. All that is asked in return is that you provide a charitable donation of your choice to the Peter McVerry Trust.

The trust is committed to reducing the effects of homelessness, drug misuse and social disadvantage among young people. The trust established by Fr. Peter McVerry also provides a range of vital services.

Fr. McVerry already feels the joint initiative between bps and the Trust will prove beneficial to both the charity and those needing planning advice.

'The planning system has grown very complicated and has sidelined many in the community who don't know how to or can't afford to obtain the right advice. This initiative aims to provide free planning advice on a wide range of planning issues that affect individuals, families and small businesses, many of whom are struggling at this time,' says Fr. McVerry.

'This scheme will raise much needed funds for the trust and all the money raised will go directly to helping the most disadvantaged,' he adds.

The initiative is something bps have been considering for some time and now Tony Buck, Brendan Buck and Michelle Moloney will all be available to pass on their expert advice.

Many members of the public simply don't understand the complexities of many planning issues. The planning aid clinics will answer any planning questions, from what needs planning permission to how to apply for planning permission.

Planning consultant Brendan Buck explains, 'the planning system is complex but we can help to explain the complexities to anyone who asks. This initiative aims to show that planning isn't just fr property developers. these planning aid clinics will begin to address the disadvantages some feel when confronted by the planning system. And at the same time important donations will be raised for the trust.'

The clinics will initially takes place on Fridays for an eight week run starting on April 17. In order to book one of the half hour appointments just phone (0404) 66060 to get through to bps. The clinics will be located at their office at 3 Wentworth Place, Wicklow town. You can also email to or log on to

The Peter McVerry Trust head office is situated at 29 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1. Ring (01) 8230776 for further any further information you may require.

Wicklow People

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