Historic planning breach amnesty is glaring omission from upcoming bill
The improvements to Ireland’s planning code proposed by the recently published draft Planning and Development Bill 2022 have been widely welcomed. However, it doesn’t yet offer a solution for historic planning breaches that often blight real estate transactions
Overview of the bill
When enacted, the bill will consolidate and reform a complex body of planning legislation. It sets out the processes of plan-making, consents, enforcement, environmental assessments and the roles of the planning bodies.
Key proposals include:
* Ministerial guidelines and policy directives upgraded to ‘National Planning Policy Statements’ and ‘National Planning Policy Guidance’.
* Local Development Plans extended from six years to ten years, with a review after year five.
* Mandatory ...