Issuing of an Opinion
Following the Pre-Application Consultation, An Bord Pleanála will issue notice of its Opinion to the prospective applicant and the Planning Authority. This Opinion is required by the prospective applicant so as to proceed to application stage. The Opinion formed determines that either the documents submitted at pre-application stage form a reasonable basis for an application or require further consideration and amendment in order to constitute a reasonable basis for an application.
This Opinion is made available to the public at application stage.
An Bord Pleanála will issue a list of prescribed bodies to the prospective applicant that will be required to be notified prior to making an application. Prospective applicants may consult with relevant prescribed authorities and the public prior to the pre-planning consultation meeting.
Note: Holding of Pre-Application Consultations with the Board
Under section 6(9) of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016, neither the holding of a consultation under section 6, nor the forming of an opinion under that section, shall prejudice the performance by the Board, or the Planning Authority or authorities in whose area or areas the proposed strategic housing development would be situated, of any other of their respective functions under the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2016 or any other enactment and cannot be relied upon in the formal planning process or in legal proceedings.