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  • An Bord Pleanala Annual Report 2011

    An Bord Pleanala has released its Annual Report for 2011.  The report includes a number of interesting insights about the planning appeal system and the overall Irish planning system itself.

    There has been a continuation in the downward trend in the intake of cases, particularly planning appeals, with only 2,110 cases in 2011.  This compares with 4,562 cases in 2002 and a high of 6,664 cases in 2007.

    Overall, the number of appeals received as a percentage of planning authority applications was roughly 1 in every 10 (7.7%). Dublin City Council (14.9%), Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council (14.6%) and Cork City Council (12.4%) had the highest levels of decisions appealed. Areas with the highest rate of appealed decisions overturned by the Board were Leitrim County Council (75%), Wexford County Council (48.9%) and Laois County Council (43.5%).

    The rate of reversal of local planning authority decisions appealed showed a slight decrease with 31% of local authority decisions overturned in 2011 compared to 36% overturned in 2010.  Essentially however, the “1 in every 3” rule of thumb success rate remains valid in terms of an appeal against a local authority decision.

     The number of Inspectors’ recommendations not generally accepted by the Board was 289 (14.9%). 

    Invalid appeals constituted 7.9% of all appeals determined.  This is a notably high percentage given the relatively straightforward requirements to secure a valid appeal. An invalid appeal has serious consequences for first party appellants given that they have to go back to the local authority and start the whole process again and for third party appellants as they only have one opportunity to make an appeal. It is an area that needs to be urgently looked at to see how invalid appeals can be reduced.

    The report reflects the Boards recognition of the present economic climate and the need to process cases relating to major infrastructural projects and those with job creation potential in the shortest possible timeframe.

    Published on October 15, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Reports; Tagged as: , ,
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