Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if attic or internal conversion was intended to be included in the development contributions attached to planning permissions; if this is being implemented by each local authority; his views that it is fair to implement such a charge where the work being carried out is internal only; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Reply from Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan: The statutory basis for the operation of development contribution schemes is set out in the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2010 supplemented by additional guidelines issued by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government under Section 28 of the Act. Under the Acts, the making of development contribution schemes is a reserved function of the elected members of the relevant planning authority. As such, the content of individual development contribution schemes is a matter for each planning authority to determine within the overall framework of the relevant legislation.
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will request Eirgrid to grant an extension on the current deadline for submissions for the gridlink project for the South East to allow members of the public ample time in which to make their submissions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Reply from Minister Pat Rabbitte: This is a matter for EirGrid and one in which I, as Minister, have no function.
Answered on July 9, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 360 and 361 of 20 March 2013, when the circular letter referred to in the reply will be issued to planning authorities, in view of the fact that a number of applications are in limbo due to the ambiguity surrounding the five year grant of permission time limit; and the clarification proposed in relation to sections 41 and 42 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000.
Reply from Minister of State, Jan O'Sullivan: Under section 41 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, the duration of a planning permission (referred to as “the appropriate period”) is the period specified in the permission, or 5 years, whichever is longer. Section 42 provides that an application to extend the duration of the appropriate period must be made prior to the expiration of that period.
The decision of the High Court in the case of Patrick Browne and Kerry County Council referred to in Question No. 361 would appear to mean that all time limits and periods referred to in the Planning and Development Acts 2000 - 2012 are extended by 9 days: the period between 24 December and 1 January, both days inclusive. My Department is preparing a Circular Letter for issue in the coming weeks to planning authorities on this matter, and, in the context of further legislation, will consider whether the provisions of the Act require any clarification.
To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in the context of Ireland's newly signed Memorandum of Understanding with the UK for the export of wind generated electricity, the number of wind farm developments that have been granted planning permission, by county, over the past five years; the number of proposed wind farm developments that have been refused planning permission, by county, over the past five years; the number of local authority permissions or refusals for proposed wind farm developments, by county, that have been either overturned or upheld on appeal to An Bord Pleanála in the past five years.
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Tuesday, 22 January 2012
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the average time it is taking to process an appeal in An Bord Pleanála; and if he will differentiate between appeals against larger and smaller developments.
Written reply received from Minister of State Jan O'Sullivan: The average time taken to process an appeal in An Bord Pleanála in 2012 was 23 weeks with 36% of appeals disposed of within the 18-week statutory objective period. The breakdown sought between larger and smaller developments is not available in my Department.
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