Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (486)

Peter Burke


486. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) will receive approval for planning of forestry. [37192/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

An application for the Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme was received in March, 2019 on behalf of the above named.  Every application for the scheme is carefully assessed with respect to its likely impacts on the surrounding environment.  Part of this assessment involves making applications open to public consultation, during which members of the public may make a submission. 

This application has been subject of such a submission. The issues raised by the submission are currently being considered by my Department and I expect officials to be in a position to make a decision on this application in the coming weeks.

Once a decision is made, it will be sent to the applicant, their registered forester and to anyone who made a submission.  It is open to those unhappy with the decision to appeal it to the independent Forestry Appeals Committee.  If the application is appealed, no forestry operations may commence while the appeal is under consideration.