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  •  The Statutory Guidelines on Spatial Planning and National Roads were published on 31st January, 2012.

    The guidelines set out a clear national policy framework that local authorities will use in guiding development essential to Ireland’s economic recovery to the most appropriate locations.

    The guidelines highlight the need for early engagement and dialogue between the NRA and planning authorities in respect of devising appropriate policies and objectives for managing development within the broader context of the national road network and functions.

    These guidelines will primarily apply to the national roads network and set out policy with regard to planning considerations relating to development affecting national roads outside the 50-kph speed limit zones for cities, towns and villages.

    The guidelines are issued under Section 28 of the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2010, thereby underpinned by statute. Planning authorities and An Bord Pleanála area required to have regard to the guidelines in carrying out their functions under the Planning Acts.

    Published on February 29, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Guidelines, Uncategorized;
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  • Dublin City Council has prepared a Draft Local Area Plan for the George’s Quay Area, Dublin 2.

    The City Council are inviting interested parties or individuals to make submissions or observations with respect to the Draft Local Area Plan during the public consultation stage. A series of public consultation sessions in Pearse Street Library have also been organised in the local area to coincide with the observation period.

    Submissions are due before 4.30pm on Friday 30th March 2012.

    Published on February 29, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Development Plan Notices, Uncategorized;
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  • Westmeath County Council have granted permission for the development of the first phase of a Europe China Trading Hub on a 78-acre site at Creggan on the east side of Athlone, Co Westmeath.

    The Europe China Trading Hub will function as an exhibition centre where buyers from Europe and the US can source Chinese products.

    If completed, the trade hub will house 3,000 demonstration halls and employing 9,000 people.

    The first phase involves just over 100,000sq m of development, including two exhibition halls each of more than 30,000sq m, with 270 display areas.

    Parking for 1,370 cars and 18 bus bays are also provided as part of the development.

    Further plans for the international trade hub will include a new railway station, hotels, restaurants, a theatre, leisure centre and a school.

    Both the NRA and An Taisce have made submissions to the Council on the proposal, along with a number of local residents, and therefore the likelihood of a third party appeal is probable.

    Following on from the casino proposal in Tipperary these applications show that there are at least some people who are still prepared to invest in large-scale development in Ireland.

    Published on January 5, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Uncategorized; Tagged as: , , ,
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  • Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2011

    These Regulations came into effect on 21st September, 2011 and relate to substitute consent*, sub-threshold planning applications (EIS) and Natura Impact Statements.

    The Regulations also brought in new requirement for Site Notices with the following wording to be included:

    “… and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.”

     There are also minor changes to the Planning Application Form

     * Substitute Consent is a mechanism whereby a person can apply for retrospective permission for a project that would have required an Environmental Impact Assessment, Screening for Environmental Impact Assessment or Appropriate Assessment, as appropriate.

    Published on November 25, 2011 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Legislation, Uncategorized; Tagged as: , ,
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  • Whether the renovation of site, disposal of petrol tanks, signage, installation of new petrol tanks, renovation and alterations to shop is or is not development or is or is not exempted development

    Athy Town Council referred the above question to An Bord Pleanala concerning the following works:

    1. the removal of underground fuel storage tanks (20,000 litres) and the installation of two underground fuel storage tanks (30,000 litres);

    2. the construction of a new drainage layout and services duct layout;

    3. the erection of four number “Amber” signs and droplet logo signs on the stanchions of the canopy structure;

    4. the erection of new side cladding and three number “Amber” signs and droplet logos on the canopy structure; and

    5. the erection of new cladding and the new logo “Diesel”, “Petrol”, “Costcutter” “Hotfood/Deli” and “Fresh Coffee” on the roadside double pole ID sign;

    The Board went against the recommendation of their Inspector and deemed that the said works were exempt from planning permission.

    Link to this case on the An Bord Pleanala website

    Published on November 21, 2011 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Exempted Development, Important An Bord Pleanala Decisions, Uncategorized; Tagged as: , ,
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