Thursday, 24 September 2020

Questions (122)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

122. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if issues faced by planning authorities will be reviewed regarding the taking in charge process particularly concerning developer provided infrastructure and management companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26127/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The most recent amendments to the taking in charge provisions of the planning code were made in the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 with a view to further strengthening and streamlining the taking-in-charge process. I have no current plans to conduct a review of the taking-in-charge provisions of the Act.

Management companies are not covered under the taking in charge process, as developments which have a management company in place were, by their very nature, to remain as private developments. The majority of developments which are maintained by management companies incorporate multi-unit developments and are governed under the Multi-Unit Developments Act 2011.

Earlier this week (21 September) I announced funding allocations under the new multi-annual capital investment programme for the progressive resolution of housing estates with developer provided water services infrastructure. These are estates that are not taken-in-charge and do not have their water services networks connected to the public (Irish Water) network. Details of the announcement are available on my Department's website.