Thursday, 21 November 2019

Ceisteanna (268)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

268. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 213 of 11 October 2018, when it will be possible to make online appeal submissions to An Bord Pleanála via its website as is the case with local authority planning applications; his views on whether this service will be available by the end of 2019 as he previously stated; if not, the reason for the slippage; his plans to address same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48427/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

An Bord Pleanála is currently implementing a major ICT strategy which will facilitate the introduction of online planning services as part of a complete transformation and replacement of core systems. The first phase of the implementation of the ICT strategy involves the ongoing deployment of a new case management and geographic information system across the organisation. The final phase includes development of a new website and web portal which will ultimately facilitate online submission of planning appeals, observations, submissions and applications, linking in with the roll-out of the local authorities’ own ePlanning initiative.

I understand that full implementation of the new case management system to a required satisfactory level of functionality has taken longer than expected and that this has consequently delayed progression of the related elements of the overall project. I also understand that the tendering process for the new website has commenced, with the expectation that web portal online functions will be available from late 2020/early 2021, in tandem with the completion of the new case management system.