Public participation period in the planning system extended for a further 14 days
Today, 8 May 2020, the Government agreed, at the request of Eoghan Murphy T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, to make an order, which has the effect of further extending all public participation periods in the planning system for 14 additional days, up to and including 23 May 2020.
Minister Murphy said: “Our planning system has a key role at the heart of the post Covid-19 recovery and as restrictions are unwound, I expect that this will be the last such Order made under section 251A of the Planning and Development Act.”
Minister Murphy added: “I am deeply appreciative of the efforts of the staff of planning authorities and An Bord Pleanála in keeping as much work as possible advancing through planning system during these extraordinary times. On the basis of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business, and taking account of the work of the Labour Employer Economic Forum (LEEF) process, we will be working with local authorities to enable certain decision making processes to advance from Monday 25 May 2020. As we prepare for this, the measures taken today will continue to support the integrity of the decision-making process by ensuring that public participation in the process is not diminished.”
The Department continues to work with local authorities on this basis, so that the planning sector will reflect necessary arrangements for public access through public consultation phaseswhich will include continued maximisation of online facilities, and a phased return to the full opening of planning offices.
An updated ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document is available on the Department’s website to reflect these and other changes in greater detail.