Dáil Éireann - Volume 507 - 01 July, 1999
Written Answers. - Planning in Coastal Areas.
Mr. Deasy Mr. Deasy
162. Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government his views on the manner in which the character of villages and towns particularly in coastal areas is being destroyed as a result of the fact that under present legislation, planning authorities have no alternative but to grant permission on the basis of criteria laid down in his Department; and the plans, if any, he has to change the planning criteria to allow the character of these locations to be retained. [17056/99]
Mr. Dempsey Mr. Dempsey
Minister for the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Dempsey): The granting or refusing of planning permission is a matter for planning authorities or An Bord Pleanála on appeal. In considering whether to grant planning permission a planning authority is required to have regard to the proper planning and development of the area including the provisions of the development plan and any directives issued by the Minister for the Environment and Local Government. I have not issued any directive or criteria in relation to planning in coastal areas. Therefore, there are no criteria laid down by my Department requiring local authorities to grant planning permission in such areas. The Local Government Act, 1991, requires local authorities, in carrying out their functions, to have regard to the policies of Government Ministers but I am  not aware of the policies of any Minister which would require planning authorities to grant planning permission in coastal areas. In any event under the Planning Acts, a planning authority cannot grant a planning permission which would materially contravene its development plan without invoking the statutory procedures for material contravention.
Dáil Éireann 507 Written Answers. Planning in Coastal Areas.