Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Select Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government

Maritime Area Planning Bill 2021: Committee Stage (Resumed)

Photo of Cian O'CallaghanCian O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats)
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It is very much the point that often we see in terrestrial planning that communities become aware of planning issues through the different stages of the process. When there is an initial application to a council, they become aware of it and they may become aware of the zoning before that. They may well be involved in the public consultation processes at the level of An Bord Pleanála. Having public consultation at different stages is very important in terms of building up awareness of issues. It allows people in communities to gain a bit of knowledge and expertise and to talk to people and network. That is why having a strong public consultation process is important, as well as it being very important at the MAC stage, in and of itself. In terms of conditions around MACs, will there be rehabilitation conditions and when will they be specified?