Planning & Development Bill Becomes Law

Ó Domhnaill Welcomes Coming into Law of the Planning & Development (Amendment) Bill 2010

Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has welcomed the coming into Law of the Planning & Development Bill 2010. President Mary McAleese has now signed the Planning & Development Bill 2010.

Ó Domhnaill said: “I particularly welcome  Section 42 of the bill which amends Section 42(a) of the previous act, which provided that the duration of a planning permission must be only extended, subject to certain conditions, where substantial works have been carried out before the expiration of the original permission. I’m delighted that the new legislation provides for the extension of permission (for a period of up to 5 years) in   circumstances where substantial works have not been carried out, but there were commercial, economic or technical considerations, beyond the control of the applicant, which substantially mitigated against either the commencement of development or the carrying out of substantial works.”

“Having made the recommendations to Minister Gormley in 2009 to provide an extension to live planning permissions where no works were carried out, I am very pleased that this provision is covered in the new legislation.”

“This legislative provision will benefit many people across the County who’s planning permission may be due to expire shortly, but for economic reasons are unable to commence work on site.”

“The Department of Environment officials will be notifying each Local Authority with details of the new legislation over the coming 2-4 weeks.  I know that this section of the new legislation will provide a welcome relief to those with live planning approvals.”

“The Bill as passed by Dáil and Seanad Éireann has now been signed by the President. This new legislation amends the Planning & Development Acts 200 to 2007 with the principle aim of supporting economic renewal and promoting sustainable development of ensuring that the planning system supports targeted investment on infrastructure.”

Posted: Aug 11, 2010     |     Categories: Donegal South West