Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Questions (650)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

650. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if there is a requirement on An Bord Pleanála to publish applications on its website which detail the student accommodation providers of 200 bed spaces or more seeking planning permission. [5099/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Applications seeking planning permission for 200 bed spaces or more are made directly to An Bord Pleanála, the board, for determination under the strategic housing development provisions.

The Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Development) Regulations 2017 inserted new provisions into the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (the 2001 Regulations), setting out procedural and administrative matters relating to proposed strategic housing developments, as provided for under Chapter 1 of Part 2 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016. On foot of this, article 301 of the 2001 Regulations details the requirements for making an application for a strategic housing development (SHD) available for public inspection. It states that a copy of the application, including any environmental impact assessment report or Natura impact statement, if required, and all other documents, particulars, plans or information that accompany the application, will be made available for inspection at the board’s offices and at the offices of the relevant planning authority, from when the application is made until eight weeks following the Board’s decision on the application.

In addition, the applicant is also required to make the application, including any environmental impact assessment report or Natura impact statement, if required, and all other documents, particulars, plans or information that accompany the application available for inspection on-line on a website established by the applicant for the same period .

The regulations also provide for a weekly list of applications received and applications determined or otherwise disposed of by the board in relation to SHD cases. These weekly lists are available on the Board's website at

http://www.pleanala.ie/.

The board also maintains a list of current SHD applications on its website, which contains the links to the websites of the individual SHD applications, at

http://www.pleanala.ie/shd/applications/index.htm.