Written Answers. - Planning Regulations.

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

430 Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if he has satisfied himself that section 121 of the Local Government Planning and Development Regulations, 1994, are being implemented satisfactorily and in accordance with the spirit of the law; and if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the environmental impact statement prepared for the spire in O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, was made available to the public at a cost of £55 per person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7908/01]

Under article 120 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations, 1994, where a proposed local authority development involves the preparation of an environmental impact statement, the environmental impact statement must be available for inspection free of charge and for purchase, at the offices of the local authority at specified times during a specified period, which shall be not less than one month beginning on the day of publication of the notice. Article 121 of the regulations provides that such an environmental impact statement, or extracts from the statement must be made available for purchase for a fee, set by the authority, not exceeding the reasonable cost of making the copy.

In the case referred to by the Deputy, the fee determined by Dublin Corporation for purchase of the statement was questioned in a submission made to me. However, my Department's inspector who undertook an assessment of the environmental impact statement considered that the fee was not in conflict with the regulations.