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  • Nearly 4 Years to Make Fast Track Planning Decision

    An Bord Pleanala recently granted permission for a biomass combined heat and power plant and associated ash landfill in Co. Meath under the supposedly fast-track planning procedure for strategic infrastructure.  The application was lodged in May 2009 yet was only decided at the end of February 2013 – 3 years and 9 months later.  Whilst the nature of the application was quite complex from a planning perspective the question has to be asked if the strategic infrastructure procedure is doing its job given the lengthy timeline involved.  A nearly 4 year wait for a planning decision appears to completely undermine the very reason for introducing the procedure. There would also have been considerable time spent in the pre-planning phase before the application was even lodged, with the intention of trying to minimise the issues that will arise when the application is finally lodged for assessment.  Given the prevailing economic situation a system that delays any large-scale infrastructure developments by such a period must be examined in terms of its usefulness going forward.


    Published on March 15, 2013 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Green Energy, Important An Bord Pleanala Decisions, Waste; Tagged as: ,
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One Response to “Nearly 4 Years to Make Fast Track Planning Decision”

  1. Adrian Hennessy said on

    I would think that a breakdown of the length of time the application lay with the planning authority and An Bord Pleanala would be helpful. In cases like this sometimes the time lag for submission of information may be as much a reason for hold ups as those hold ups within the planning system.

    It would be clearer, and more damning, if, for example, An Bord Pleanala was the main source of procrastination and teh lenght of extension they loked for was published etc

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