Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (564, 579)

Darragh O'Brien

Ceist:

564. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the status of the progress of the working group established to review sustainable rural housing guidelines following the Flemish decree; if the reports prepared by it will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46714/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

579. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the status of work of the working group he set up following the Flemish decree case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46372/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 564 and 579 together.

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.