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 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.”

Read the Minister’s statement in full HERE

As soon as OPR is made aware of any changes to individual local authorities’ deadlines for public consultation, we will make this information available.

While public and Council meetings to progress reviews of plans have been necessarily suspended for public health reasons, good background work in research, drafting and preparation is continuing and the public is actively encouraged to use the time available and to continue to engage with the planning process, making submissions via local authority online consultation portals or in writing.

For details of live consultation processes see https://www.opr.ie/evaluation-of-statutory-plans/