New Regulations require local authorities to make all planning application documentation available on their websites within 5 working days

On Friday, 22 May, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD, signed new Planning and Development Regulations (Planning and Development (Section 38) Regulations 2020 – S.I. No. 180 of 2020). These Regulations provide that all planning authorities are obliged to publish planning application documentation on their websites within five workings days …

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OPR Publishes Pilot Methodology for Conducting Reviews of Local Authorities’ Systems and Procedures in relation to the Performance of Planning Functions

The OPR has today, 22nd published a pilot methodology for conducting reviews of local authorities’ systems and procedures in relation to the performance of planning functions. Read Pilot Methodology As set out in our Strategy Statement, the OPR is implementing a programme of reviews, whereby each local authority will be subject to a general review …

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Four Councils confirm extension dates for public consultation

Following the Government’s decision to further extend all public participation periods in the planning system for 14 additional days, up to and including 23 May 2020, four local authorities have revised their deadlines for public consultation. Louth, Westmeath, Cork County and Roscommon County Councils have all now confirmed the extension dates for public consultation. Although …

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Public participation period in the planning system extended for a further 14 days

The Government has 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 …

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The Office of the Planning Regulator publishes a communications toolkit to encourage public participation in the development plan process

The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) has today published a comprehensive communications resource which aims to help local authorities generate greater public participation in the development plan process. Entitled “Increasing Public Engagement in Local Authority Development Plans – A Communications Toolkit,” it offers tips, advice and practical suggestions on ways to encourage wider public …

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Planning Regulator and Deputy Regulator address Irish Planning Institute’s (IPI) series of online Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses

Both the Planning Regulator, Niall Cussen and the Deputy Planning Regulator, Anne Marie O’Connor have addressed the first two online training events organised by the IPI and supported by the Office of the Planning Regulator. The training, which started on 24 April, consists of a series of four on-line CPD courses which examine different issues …

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Four Councils revise extension dates for public consultation

Following the Government’s decision to further extend all public participation periods in the planning system for 19 additional days, up to and including 9 May 2020, four local authorities have revised their deadlines for public consultation. The previous Government Order, which was made on 29 March 2020, had specified that the extension period was to …

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Public participation period in the planning system extended for a further 19 days

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 19 additional days, up to and including 9 May 2020. The previous Government Order, which was made on …

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