Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Questions (240)

Catherine Murphy


240. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the obligation to maintain the website following the sale of the site is not provided for in law with respect to strategic housing developments that have been granted planning permission in which there is an obligation to provide a website with maps and other documents; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that this deficit leaves a gap in information to both the public and the planning authority; if this deficit will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24421/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 provides for streamlined arrangements to enable planning applications for strategic housing developments (SHD) to be made directly to An Bord Pleanála (the Board) for determination. Under the Strategic Housing Development procedures, the applicant must make the application available for public viewing on a website set up for this purpose.

The primary purpose of such a website is to provide information to interested parties in relation to the application for planning permission, in order to support transparency and public participation. It is therefore required to be in place from the date of making the application to the Board until 8 weeks after the applicant is notified of the Board's decision.

In relation to the ownership and registration of sale of sites, the appropriate authority to contact is the Property Registration Authority. Arrangements have been put in place by all bodies under the aegis of my Department to facilitate the provision of information directly to members of the Oireachtas. In the case of the PRA, the relevant email address is