Dáil Éireann - Volume 633 - 20 March, 2007
Written Answers. - Planning Issues.
Mr. Durkan Mr. Durkan
Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if the local government auditor has reported to him or his Department in regard to the amount of development moneys levied by the various local authorities throughout the country by way of condition on foot of planning permission in each of the past five years; the amount of such funding  already spent and the purposes for which it has been used; if such use is in accordance with the conditions of the planning permissions in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10550/07]
Mr. Roche Mr. Roche
Mr. Roche: Development contributions are levied as a condition of planning permission in accordance with development contribution schemes adopted by the elected members of planning authorities after a public consultation process. Incomes accruing from development contributions schemes are ring-fenced, and it is ultimately a matter for each planning authority to determine the allocation of those incomes, having regard to the provisions of section 48 and 49 of the Planning and Development Act 2000. The local government auditors do not report specifically to me on development levies. In the course of their annual financial/regulatory audits of local authorities, local government auditors may issue audit reports to local authorities on matters arising during the course of the audit, including comments in relation to development levies. I would point out, however, that local authority annual reports must contain details of monies paid or owing to it under section 50 of the Local Government Act 1991 and must indicate how such monies paid to it have been applied. This includes charges under sections 48 and 49 of the Planning and Development Act 2000. In addition, Annual Financial Statements of local authorities in respect of 2005 and future years are required to include details of opening and closing balances on the development levies account together with the extent of movement in and out of the account during the year.
Question No. 987 answered with Question No. 978.
Dáil Éireann 633 Written Answers. Planning Issues.