Under the provisions of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, regarding architectural heritage, each planning authority is required to include in its development plan a Record of Protected Structures (RPS), which includes all structures or parts of structures in their functional areas which, in their opinion, are of special architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical interest. This record forms part of a planning authority's development plan. Inclusion on the RPS places a duty of care on the owners and occupiers of protected structures and gives planning authorities powers to deal with development proposals affecting them in order to safeguard their future. Provisions for the notification of owners of the proposed inclusion of their property on the RPS are also detailed in Sections 12 and 55 of the 2000 Act.
My role in relation to protected structures is to ensure that there are appropriate legislative and policy frameworks in place in relation to the built heritage. Operational issues are generally a matter for planning authorities under these frameworks. My Department's Architectural Heritage Protection Guidelines for Planning Authorities (2011) provide statutory guidelines with regard to the implementation of Part IV (Architectural Heritage) of the Act.
My Department also has responsibility for the National Inventory for Architectural Heritage, which provides a basis for me to recommend structures to local authorities for protection. The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage county survey for Monaghan is currently underway and I expect to make recommendations to Monaghan County Council within the next 12 months for inclusion of structures to their RPS based on this survey.
For the information of the Deputy, the list of structures included in the RPS for County Monaghan are detailed at Appendix 5 to the Monaghan County Development Plan 2007-2013 in effect since 17 April 2007.