Written Answers. - Planning Legislation.

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

276 Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if, in view of the strong views expressed by the Ombudsman regarding the laxity of enforcement, he will ensure his Department monitors the degree to which the new provisions of Part VIII of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, are being acted upon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15242/02]

Strong and visible enforcement is critical to ensuring that the planning control system works properly and for the benefit of the whole community. A key objective of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, was to bring forward strengthened provisions in relation to planning enforcement. These new provisions come into force on 11 March and I intend that my Department will monitor their operation with the co-operation of local planning authorities.