Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (372)

Martin Heydon


372. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the progress that has being made on a national landscape strategy; when he expects to be in a position to finalise the strategy; the way it will impact on future planning proposals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5544/14]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

Following on from work in this area by an interdepartmental Steering Group chaired by my Department, and taking into account submissions arising from the public consultation in respect of the National Landscape Strategy Issues Paper, I expect to bring proposals to Government later this year with a view to finalising the National Landscape Strategy for publication. The primary role of planning authorities and the consultative roles of other bodies and persons in decision-making relating to such issues will continue to be governed by the provisions of the Planning and Development Acts 2000 - 2012. However, one of the objectives of the National Landscape Strategy will be to assist in the achievement of greater consistency in decision making across the country when dealing with issues of landscape.