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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 18 May 1993

Vol. 430 No. 8

Written Answers. - Planning Application Charges.

Ivor Callely


26 Mr. Callely asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment if his attention has been drawn to Dublin Corporation's new charges on all planning applications; if so, his views on whether they may prevent enterprise development in the Dublin Corporation area or in other areas where such high charges may not be levied; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

I assume the Deputy is referring to the right of local authorities to attach conditions to planning permissions requiring contributions towards expenditure incurred or to be incurred for works facilitating the proposed development.

I understand that the amount of development contribution varies widely throughout the country and even within planning authorities. This is inevitable given different costs of providing services for different types of development. I also understand that prior to 1 November 1992 Dublin Corporation charged development contributions on a case by case basis related to particular works required e.g. sewer connections, waterworks, etc. I am advised however that the new development contributions regime, effective from 1 November 1992, applies a uniform levy, with some limited exceptions, on all development.
I understand that the IDA have, in fact, already written to the Lord Mayor on the subject. Obviously I would be concerned if such charges were likely to hinder enterprise development and the creation of new jobs in the city. In my view it is important that the right balance is struck between asking for a reasonable contribution to developments while at the same time ensuring that employment generating projects are not inhibited.