Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Questions (258)

Aindrias Moynihan

Question:

258. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the legislative changes planned following the result of a court case (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50476/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Following engagement between the European Commission and my Department regarding the European Court of Justice ruling in the "Flemish Decree" case, a working group was established to review and, where necessary, recommend changes to the 2005 Planning Guidelines on Sustainable Rural Housing, issued under section 28 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended.  The working group comprises senior officials from the Planning Division of my Department and senior officials from the Planning Divisions of local authorities, nominated by the local government sector.

Taking account of the engagement with the European Commission regarding revisions to the 2005 Rural Housing Guidelines and subject to the completion of the ongoing deliberations by the working group, I will be in a position to finalise and issue to planning authorities revisions to the 2005 Guidelines that take account of the relevant European Court of Justice judgment.

The revision of the Rural Housing Guidelines does not require amendments to the planning legislation.