What are oral hearings?
The Board has the power to decide whether or not to hold an oral hearing in any case. Oral hearings are generally held for:
- strategic infrastructure cases
- appeal cases which are complex or where significant national, regional or local issues arise
- compulsory purchase orders and related cases
- other case types when considered necessary.
Only in special circumstances will an oral hearing be held for strategic housing development (SHD) applications made directly to An Bord Pleanála.