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Draft Guidelines on Environmental Impact Assessment

The Department of the Environment & Local Government have recently published Draft Guidelines for Planning Authorities on Environmental Impact Assessment.  These Draft Guidelines set out a clear format to be followed by the 'consent authority' when determining applications involving Environmental Impact Statements.

Draft Development Plan for Meath County Council Goes On Public Display

Meath Draft Plan coverMeath County Council have today, 25th May 2012 published a draft version of the forthcoming County Development Plan 2013-2019. The Draft Plan sets out the policies and objectives for development in the County over that period. It includes the Council's Core Strategy, which sees to implement the housing targets set for Meath in the Regional Planning Guidelines for the Greater Dublin Area. 

The Council are inviting comments from interested parties up to and including 3rd August 2012.

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EirGrid Announces New €500m 'GridLink' Transmission Line

studyareamapIreland's electricity grid operator, EirGrid, today announced a public consultation period for its proposed GridLink project. The proposed 400kv line will connect Kildare and Cork via Wexford, and is to take the form of an overhead line. The precise route has not yet been chosen, but its likely to run to approx. 250km as it makes its way from north to south. The current consultation process is designed to give landowners and interested parties their chance to comment on the proposals. The proposals are likely to impact upon farmers along the route, and the route selection process will take account of exiting constraints such as designated nature areas, protected landscapes etc. The planning process is designed to identify a 'least constrained corridor' for the line, and will be informed by the presention of planning arguments for and against the project and the route.  

Comments are being invited from interested parties between 12th April and 8th June 2012. Further details and an information brochure are available from the project website.

Regional Planning Guidelines Implementation Annual Report 2011

rpgs_reportThe Government today published a report on the implementation of the Regional Planning Guidelines across the country. 

Since the Planning & Development Act 2010 came into effect, Planning Authorities have been required to demonstrate in a Core Strategy how their development plan(s) meet the targets set for them in the Regional Planning Guidelines for their area. This has led to the well publicised debates about 'over-zoning', 'de-zoning' and 'phasing' of residential lands to meet population targets.

The report contains some interesting statistics

  • Prior to the 2010 Planning Act, the State had a total of 41,788ha of undeveloped, but zoned residential land
  • Since the 2010 Act, some 5,159ha have been de-zoned
  • The majority of de-zonings happened in the Mid-west and Midlands RPG areas (3,315ha and 1,036ha de-zoned respectively)
  • No dezoning occurred in the Greater Dublin Area and Mid-East Regions
  • Some 11,113ha of land remain zoned for housing development in current development plans. This is enough to accommodate 299,454 houses.

The Report is available to download from the Myplan.ie website

New Planning Website Launched

The government today unveiled a new website which will gather together development planning and local planning information from around the State. This looks like be a valuable resource for keeping a track of what your local planning authority is doing. We'll certainly be keeping an eye on it here at Stephen Little & Associates. 

It also includes a very useful map viewer tool, which aggregates zonings from all planning authorities in one place. This will make it much easier to see zonings at a glance particularly on sites which may straddle the borders between planning authority areas. In many cases it is also much easier to use than the planning authority's own development plan viewer. 


Cherrywood SDZ - Draft Planning Scheme Published

Cherrywood Planning Scheme CoverDun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have published a draft version of the proposed Planning Scheme for Cherrywood Strategic Development Zone, an area of c.190Ha. The draft document sets out the proposed quantum of development, the proposed land uses, the infrastructure and servicing requirements, the transportation proposals and the proposed phasing for the Cherrywood SDZ lands.  

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Quarry Guidelines Published

front cover of quarry guidelinesThe Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government have published guidelines on the implementation of Section 261A of the Planning and Development Act. This is primarily concerned with the issues surrounding planning consent for quarries in Ireland.

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Statutory Guidelines on Spatial Planning and National Roads

The Department of the Environment, Communities and Local Government have published the final version of the Guidelines for Planning Authorities on Spatial Planning and National Roads. The guidelines are intended to inform planning policy and development management decisions for lands proximate to National Roads.

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George's Quay Draft LAP Published

georges_quay_lapDublin City Council have published a consultation draft of their Local Area Plan (LAP) for the George's Quay area of the City. The Draft LAP covers the area between George's Quay in the North and Pearse Street / Trinity in the South and Lombard Street in the East and Hawkins Street in the West.

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Kilmartin Local Area Plan

Fingal County Council have prepared a Strategic Issues Paper for the Kilmartin LAP. This is the first stage in the plan preparation process and sets out the issues that Fingal County Council intend to cover in the LAP document.

Kilmartin is located to the north of Tyrrellstown in west Dublin. A map of the area which will be covered by the LAP is available to download from the Counci'ls website alongside a copy of the Issues Paper.

The Council are currently inviting interested parties to make submissions on the content of the Issues Paper and will take any representations into consideration when preparing the draft document. Submissions will be accepted up to an including 2nd February 2012. Stephen Little & Associates have extensive experience in representing interested parties in the LAP preparation process. Please contact us to see if we can be of assistance

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