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Irish Times: Coronavirus spurs immediate changes to planning process

Period of public participation in planning applications to be extended by three weeks

 

The Government has agreed to immediate changes in the planning application process necessitated by the Covid-19 emergency…

…It was also decided that any public meetings associated with planning, or an appeal, will be deferred until the period of restricting the movement of the public has come to an end…

Public participation

“Given these new restrictions on the movement of people, it is important to extend the public participation periods in the planning system, to ensure that the integrity of decision-making is upheld, and to ensure that plan making for new development can continue. “Work will continue through these new restrictions so that the planning system is well placed to play its vital role in supporting the recovery.”Mr Murphy said applications could now be made by post, with submissions accepted both by post and electronically. He said most local authorities have on-line systems for inspecting applications. He said the extension of three weeks also applies to planning appeals to An Bord Pleanála.

 

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