Parliamentary Question for the Jan O Sullivan TD
For WRITTEN ANSWER on 25/03/2014
To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if all local authorities are enforcing the stage 1 AA screening report request; the reason for the four week deadline; if there is an appeal mechanism in such cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
I assume the Question refers to the matter of a screening for appropriate assessment being sought by a planning authority when considering whether an application for extension of duration of planning permission complies with the provisions of section 42(1)(a)(ii) of the Planning and Development Act 2000.
I am aware that some planning authorities seek a screening for appropriate assessment, in some cases at least, in order to decide whether an appropriate assessment should have been carried out when the initial planning permission was granted.
In such scenario, they do so pursuant to Article 45 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, which allows a planning authority to seek further information in connection with an application for extension of duration of permission, and requires the information to be provided within a 4 week period.
I am considering whether any amendment of the law is required in relation to this issue