An Organisational Review of An Bord Pleanála, was undertaken by an independent expert panel and published in March 2016.
An Implementation Group, comprising representation from my Department and An Bord Pleanála (the Board), was established to oversee the implementation of the expert panel recommendations. The Implementation Group has met on a number of occasions, to consider the recommendations across a number of common themes relating to legislative provisions, communications and stakeholder engagement, the Board's role and governance, along with organisational and operational matters.
The Implementation Group published its Terms of Reference and Plan for Implementation in 2016. The Implementation Group will continue its work over the coming months with a view to publishing its final report on implementation by the end of Q3 2019.
The Department met recently with the Board to discuss finalising this report and a formal meeting of the Implementation Group will be held in Q3 2019. A significant number of the review actions relate to legislative matters. My Department is continuously reviewing planning legislation and these recommendations are considered as part of that process. It is understood that the Implementation Group is on course to publish its final report before the end of Q3 2019.