New Planning and Construction Legislation | due September 2014
by Bregs Blog admin team
Despite the BRegs Blog’s best efforts, it is proving difficult to get the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) to focus their attention on the shortcomings of the S.I.9 Building Control Regulations. It appears as if all hands on the DECLG decks are currently focused on drafting new construction and planning legislation and a possible ‘Statement of Strategy’ for the recently appointed Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly T.D. These are scheduled to be published later this month.
An indication of the possible new legislation being considered was given an overview in the ‘Activities + Structures’ document published in July 2014 by the DECLG. It is likely that the following matters will now be addressed:
- Planning Regulator (as recommended by the Mahon Tribunal)
- Construction 2020 strategic aims
- Impact of the independent report on the investigation of planning complaints at six Planning Authorities
- Quarry Registration Regularisation
- Planning legislation proposed by Deputy Catherine Murphy T.D.
- Housing Programme (Link to Minister’s statement to the Dail on 17 September 2014)
- Climate Change Roadmap for the Construction Sector (Link to Minister’s statement to the Dail on 17 July 2014)
Minister Kelly is scheduled to address the Irish Planning Institute’s (IPI) Autumn Conference ‘Planning in a Time of Change’ being held on 10th October 2014 when more may be revealed. The IPI President, Mary Hughes, blogged earlier this month:
“We have new legislation to look forward to in the next few weeks, including a Construction Bill and a Planning Bill (which delegates at the Autumn Conference in Dublin will learn more about next month).
That is a lot of new legislation for the newly appointed Minister of the Environment, Community & Local Government Alan Kelly to get his head around. “
It is also a lot of new legislation for construction professionals to get their heads around as they struggle to get to grips with the ongoing fallout from S.I. 9. The BRegs Blog is not aware of any detailed bulletins from other professional bodies or any indications of their involvement or submissions on the upcoming new legislation at the time of writing.
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