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  • Draft Development Contribution Guidelines

    New Draft Development Contribution Guidelines published

    The draft version of the Development Contribution (or planning levy) Guidelines have been published by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

    Key features in the new guidance include:

    • A requirement for planning authorities to put in place reduced rates of development  contributions or waivers for:
    •  development in town centres to support town centre development;
    •  change-of-use permissions, where change-of use does not lead to the need for new or     upgraded infrastructure / services;
    •  businesses grant-aided or supported by IDA/Enterprise Ireland or other local authority or   state supported local development agencies, as well as reduced rates for developments that would progress the Government’s Jobs Initiative;
    • broadband provision and sustainable energy infrastructure protected structures
    • Recommended use of lower rates in areas prioritised for development in the core strategy
    •  A flexible approach to phasing of payment of development contributions (subject to formal agreement between developer and planning authority).
    •  A consistent step-by-step methodology for use by all planning authorities in the preparation of new schemes to ensure consistency of approach.

    The public consultation period runs until Friday 7 September.

    The draft guidelines are available at the following link:

     Draft Development Contribution Guidelines

    Published on August 1, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Guidelines;
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