Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 23 June 2022
Public Accounts Committee
2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General
Chapter 3 - Central Government Funding of Local Authorities
I will return to the role of local authorities in planning. One of the problems I am coming across, and the Department must have an input in this, is local authorities not implementing the conditions in planning. You come across estates built over 15 or 20 years ago that have still not been taken in charge. I am talking about estates in cities and county areas. What is the Department doing about this? We have collected planning charges from developers and we have bonds in place that are not being drawn down. In Cork county alone, there are 50 sewage treatment plants that have not been taken in charge by Irish Water, the local authority is not prepared to take affected estates in charge until such time as the sewage treatment plants are taken over by Irish Water and there is a standstill. What is the Department doing to ensure local authorities have a policy regarding full compliance with planning and following up regarding taking estates in charge in a timely manner and not 15 or 20 years later?