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  • The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has issued a public notice stating that it intends to review and update the Development Management Guidelines for Planning Authorities 2007.

    The Department will consider whether changes should be made to the planning application process in order to improve efficiency while continuing to provide for appropriate and necessary public participation and environmental assessment.

    The Department will also consider whether further changes should be made to the exempted development provisions of the Regulations, specifically whether it is appropriate to exempt further development from the requirement to obtain planning permission.

    Comments/submissions are invited by Friday 14th March 2014.

    Published on February 5, 2014 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Exempted Development, Planning Guidelines, Planning Notices; Tagged as: ,
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  • EirGrid published a report on the Grid Link Project on 3rd September 2013 identifying a number of feasible 1km wide route corridor options for a new 400kV overhead power line linking Leinster and Munster.   The publication of the Stage 1 Report coincides with the beginning of a twelve week public consultation period with submission sought by 26th November 2013. The report containing the route corridor options is available to download at www.eirgridprojects.com/projects/gridlink This is the 3rd consultation phase to date.  A planning application for the identified route will not take place before 2015. 

    Published on October 7, 2013 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Notices;
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  • An Bord Pleanála are currently seeking feedback in relation to the Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) planning process including suggestions/comments on how it can be improved. Email the Board at sids@pleanala.ie in order to obtain a questionnaire.

    Published on September 2, 2013 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Notices; Tagged as:
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  • Kildare County Council has given notice that it proposes to prepare Local Area Plans for Kilcullen, Monasterevin, Sallins, Kilcock and Clane. Pre-draft submissions and observations from interested parties in relation to these towns are now invited.   An Issues Paper has been prepared which identifies the key planning issues that the five local area plans could address.

    Submissions should be made in writing to Mary Foley, Administrative Officer, Forward Planning, Kildare County Council, at the address below or emailed to lapsubmissions@kildarecoco.ie by 5pm on Wednesday 6 March 2013.

    Published on February 6, 2013 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Development Plan Notices, Planning Notices;
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  • The following submission deadlines for local authority plans are due in October 2012:

    Cork City – Tramore Valley Masterplan (deadline 5th Oct 2012)

    Galway County – Proposed Amendment to the Bearna Local Area Plan 2007-2013 (deadline 11th Oct 2012)

    Fingal – Draft Dardistown Local Area Plan (deadline 17th Oct 2012)

    Dun Laogahaire Rathdown – Proposed Variation No. 9 of the County Development Plan, 2010-2016 (deadline 12th Oct 2012)

    Dun Laogahaire Rathdown – Proposed Variation No. 10 of the County Development Plan, 2010-2016 (deadline 19th Oct 2012)

    Dun Laogahaire Rathdown – Proposed Variation No. 11 of the County Development Plan, 2010-2016 (deadline 19th Oct 2012)

    Dun Laogahaire Rathdown – Cherrywood Strategic Zone Draft Planning Scheme (deadline 25th Oct 2012)

    No responsibility is taken for deadlines provided  - please double check council website to ensure date is correct.

    Published on October 4, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Notices; Tagged as: , ,
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  • Both Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council have, as of 13th September 2012, posted a notice on their websites seeking submissions on their new S48 Development Contribution Schemes within the next 6 weeks. The Draft S48 Scheme for each authority has reduced the payments per square metre for both residential and commercial development, following the recommendations of the DoE’s Draft Development Contribution Guidelines (July 2012).

    Dublin City Development Contribution Scheme

    Fingal Development Contribution Scheme

    Published on September 14, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Notices; Tagged as:
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  • Local Authorities across the country have recently completed issuing notices to quarry owners.  These notices will inform the owners to either seek substitute consent from An Bord Pleanala or that they will be the subject of enforcement action by the council who will seek to close the operation.  Quarry owners have the right to seek a review of the Council’s decision within 21 days from An Bord Pleanala. The substitute consent process is subject to a tight timeframe of 12 weeks given that a remedial EIS or Appropriate Assessment will be required to be completed as part of the application. These notices arose from significant changes to the planning acts and are an effort to retrospectively address situations where development which was likely to have a significant impact on the environment was never actually assessed at the time.  The implications for quarry owners are serious as many face closure.  The benefit for those quarry owners that manage to go through the process and come out the far side is that there will be far less operators to compete against.

    Published on August 30, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Notices, Rural Planning; Tagged as: , ,
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  •  The Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government published a notice for Planning Expert on 25/07/2012.

    The contract is for the Appointment of a Planning Expert to carry out an Independent Evaluation of the Planning Review Report. This relates to the findings and recommendations of the planning review report which the Minister for Housing and Planning published on 12 June 2012.

    The planning expert is to be engaged to undertake a thematic evaluation of the planning review report and its associated proposed actions in order to support independently informed conclusions.

    Published on July 31, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Notices;
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  •  Eirgrid are proposing a high voltage corridor, most likely overhead and covering at least 250km with pylons every 4km in an effort to address deficiencies in energy supply.

    The proposed lines will go through Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow

    Submission are being sought as part of a non-statutory consultation process from today and will run for an eight-week, Thursday 12th April 2012 to Friday 8th June 2012.

    Further details including a map of the study area are available at

    http://www.eirgridprojects.com/projects/gridlink/

    Published on April 12, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Notices, Rural Planning; Tagged as: , , , ,
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  • The Heritage Council has called for the establishment of a national organisation to promote and support the sustainable development of our town and city centres in a submission to the Draft Retail Planning Guidelines, 2011.

    The submission calls for the setting up of a national organisation to help plan for towns, similar to the Association of Town Centre Management based in London or the Downtown Association in the United States.

    Town Centre Management strategies would bring all stakeholders together to create a shared vision for the future of each town centre and act as a catalyst for growth and regeneration. They improve the visitor experience and urban environment by focusing on the quality of public buildings and spaces, streetscapes and town centre activity. This improves the business environment and overall quality of life.

    An annual Town Centre Health Check is recommended in order to help identify how healthy a town is and inform plans to shape its future.

    Published on February 29, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Notices, Retail Planning;
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