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7th Schedule SID (Planning Authority): Issues to be addressed in the Planning Authority Report-

This page explains issues to be addressed in the planning authority report in 7th Schedule SID cases.

7. Issues to be addressed in the Planning Authority Report

The specific issues to be addressed in the report of the planning authority required under section 37E(4) of the 2000 Act will vary from report to report depending on the nature of the proposed development and the receiving environment. The following list of topics will give general guidance to planning authorities but may need to be amended to suit a specific report.

  • Main relevant Development Plan provisions relating to the subject site and surrounding area including the relevant Core Strategy provisions. A clear indication of the current status of the relevant Development Plan and any Draft Plans should be given, together with any relevant issues arising.
  • Details of other relevant Plan provisions (e.g. Local Area Plans) and statement regarding status of these Plans (adopted or in draft form).
  • Relevant planning history relating to the subject site and the surrounding area.
  • Relevant enforcement information relating to the subject site.
  • Relevant national, regional and local policies.
  • Any SAAO which may be affected by the proposed development.
  • European designations, Natural Heritage Areas, which may be affected by the proposed development (whether in or proximate to same).
  • Protected Structures, ACA’s etc.
  • Waste policy, which may be relevant to the proposed development. This will arise particularly in the case of applications for waste facilities where policies, objectives and other provisions of Regional Waste Management Plans should be referred to in addition to the Development Plan.
  • Adequacy of the public water supply. (Note Irish Water may also comment as a prescribed body)
  • Public sewerage facilities and capacity to facilitate the proposed development. (Note Irish Water may also comment as a prescribed body)
  • Availability and capacity of public surface water drainage facilities.
  • Flood risk assessment in accordance with The Planning System and Flood Risk Management – Guidelines for Planning Authorities (November 2009).
  • Assessment under the Water Framework Directive and associated regulations.
  • Hydrological and hydrogeological assessments as relevant to the case.
  • Appropriate assessment under the Habitats Directive.
  • Comments on the adequacy, methodology adopted, conclusions etc. of the EIAR submitted with the application.
  • Assessment of landscape status and visual impact, as appropriate.
  • Carrying capacity and safety of road network serving the proposed development.
  • Environmental carrying capacity of the subject site and surrounding area, and the likely significant impact arising from the proposed development, if carried out.
  • Part V (social and affordable housing) provisions (which may be applicable in rare cases).
  • Description of any public use of adjoining, abutting or adjacent lands in the applicants ownership, and the planning authority’s view on any condition which may be appropriate for the purpose of conserving a public amenity on those lands.
  • Planning authority view in relation to the decision to be made by the Board.
  • Planning authority view on conditions which should be attached in the event of the Board deciding to grant permission. (Where an IPPC or Waste licence is required, the Board cannot impose conditions relating to the control of emissions from the activity for which a license is required).
  • Planning authority view on community gain conditions which may be appropriate.
  • Details of relevant section 48/49 development contribution scheme conditions which should be attached in the event of a grant.
  • Details of any special contribution conditions which should be attached in the event of a grant along with detailed calculations and justification for the conditions.
  • Any other matters relating to the effects on the environment, the proper planning and sustainable development of the area or the effects on European site(s) that the planning authority may consider to be relevant to the case.