Thursday, 12 December 2019

Questions (360)

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

360. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 174 of 25 September 2019, if progress has been made on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52307/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department is currently drafting Regulations to further amend the exempted development provisions of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, which are required to be made prior to the commencement of section 8 of the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 in order to facilitate the operation of this amendment. Due to the complexity of some of the issues arising, my Department has had to seek legal advice regarding the draft Regulations, which it is considering and progressing. I expect to be in a position to sign the Regulations and Commencement Order in early 2020.

My Department will continue to engage with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in relation to the associated amendments to the Forestry Regulations 2017, to be made by my colleague, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.