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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 25 March 2021

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Questions (73)

Joan Collins

Question:

73. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage when he plans to cease the strategic housing development regulation. [16101/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (the Act) introduced new streamlined arrangements to enable planning applications for strategic housing developments (SHDs) of 100 housing units or more, or student accommodation or shared accommodation developments of 200 bed spaces or more, to be made directly to An Bord Pleanála (the Board) for determination.

The Programme for Government commits to not extending the SHD arrangements beyond their legislative expiry date of end December 2021, which has now been extended to 25 February 2022 arising from the Covid-related extension of duration of statutory deadlines within the planning system for 8 weeks in respect of the period March to May 2020. The process for winding up the SHD arrangements and their replacement by possible new arrangements will be considered by my Department over the coming months.

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