Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
Question 320: To ask the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government if he will review the process by which local authorities can obtain compulsory purchase orders for lands adjoining regional and local roads in order to provide greater power to local authorities to remedy dangerous locations in a timely and cost effective manner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16991/11]
Willie Penrose (Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing and Planning, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; Longford-Westmeath, Labour)
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Section 213 of the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2010 provides for the acquisition of land by local authorities. Further enhancements to the compulsory purchase process were introduced by way of the Compulsory Purchase Orders (Extension of Time Limits) Act 2010. This improved the process whereby local authorities can obtain compulsory purchase orders, by providing that the statutory time limit for serving Notices to Treat on landowners relating to confirmed Compulsory Purchase Orders can be extended where legal proceedings are underway.
The Act introduced efficiencies and ensures that the cost to local authorities of repeating the CPO process is avoided in the event that the outcome of the legal proceedings allows the project to proceed.
I am satisfied that local authorities have sufficient compulsory purchase powers under the Planning Acts and I have no plans to amend the legislation at this time.