Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 22 February 2024

Select Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government

Planning and Development Bill 2023: Committee Stage (Resumed)

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I genuinely do not see that. I discussed this at length yesterday. Obviously, the national planning framework guidelines are delivering and are being revised and reviewed right now. They will be updated and will look at where we want to target our growth. The housing supply targets in each development plan reflect demand. This is all plan-led, particularly in the context of county development plans in the first instance. I already mentioned the issue of headroom yesterday with regard to extant permissions and activated permissions.

At national level, the development framework is guided by the national planning framework. Since 2016, even though it is being reviewed now, we have seen additional development in the region. That is what we want to do. This simply deals with how the sole reason for a refusal would not be on the basis of the housing targets within an area. It is all zoned. It is all service land. It is identified in the county development plan and, in my view, it allows for a better length of time to future-proof a development plan so that an application is not refused on the sole basis that the potential of housing output may have been reached because of granted permissions. That is the important thing. As already stated, we discussed it at length yesterday. I do not see this leading to a lurch in greenfield development or anything like it. It will be guided by the national planning framework and will be targeting our cities and the regions. The guidelines are being reviewed right now.


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