Dáil Éireann - Volume 621 - 20 June, 2006
Written Answers. - Planning Issues.
Ms Harkin Ms Harkin
Ms Harkin asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will exempt turbines with a diameter less than 2.5 metres from planning permission under Schedule two of the Planning and Development regulations. [24059/06]
Dr. Cowley Dr. Cowley
Dr. Cowley asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his views on exempting small wind turbines with rotor diameter less than 2.5 metres from planning permission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23801/06]
Mr. Roche Mr. Roche
Mr. Roche:I propose to take Questions Nos. 509 and 530 together.
 I have asked my Department to review the exempted development regulations to ensure that they support the use of renewable energy for domestic and small business users. Any revisions to the exempted development regulations, for example to permit the construction of small wind turbines without planning permission, would require the approval of both Houses of the Oireachtas.
Dáil Éireann 621 Written Answers. Planning Issues.