Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2213)

Bríd Smith

Question:

2213. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to legislate for changes in the planning regulations to provide for renewable energy projects offshore; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32236/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Marine Planning and Development Management Bill 2019 falls within the remit of the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government. The revised General Scheme of what was formerly the Maritime Area and Foreshore Amendment Bill 2013 is to be published on the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government's website. The Bill will introduce a new marine planning regime which will provide a streamlined consenting process for offshore renewable energy projects. This Bill is part of the Government’s efforts to prevent climate change, provide cleaner air, and create the green jobs and businesses of the future.

Question No. 2214 answered with Question No. 2206.