ESB Midlands Stations Closure

The current planning permissions for West Offaly Power and Lough Ree Power will expire at the end of 2020. ESB submitted an application to An Bord Pleanála in 2018 seeking planning permission to transition West Offaly Power from peat to biomass over a number of years starting in 2020. This planning application was rejected by […]

Minister Kelly announces major reforms of the planning process

Socially Progressive Part V Requirements, Vacant Site levy & ‘Use it or Lose it’ Planning Permissions –       Estimated addition of 4,000 social housing units by 2020   Mr. Alan Kelly T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, today (2 October, 2014) announced major reforms of the planning system as part of the forthcoming Planning […]

Minister O’Sullivan Confirms Commitment to Clamp Down on Poor Planning Decisions

Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, has  today  (20 May, 2013)   issued a clear reminder to local authorities that she will invoke her legal powers to clamp down on poor planning decisions at local level. In the past nine months Minister O’Sullivan has used her powers under Section 31 of the Planning and […]

Minister O’Sullivan Publishes Draft Guidelines on carrying out Environmental Impact Assessment

Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., today (31 July, 2012) published draft guidelines for planning authorities on carrying out environmental impact assessment. The publication marks the start of a 7 week public consultation phase during which all stakeholders and members of the public are invited to submit their views on the draft. Following […]