Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Planning Issues

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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1214. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of a project (details supplied) in County Mayo; and the extra resources which will be made available to Mayo County Council to develop this project. [3151/20]

Photo of Eoghan MurphyEoghan Murphy (Dublin Bay South, Fine Gael)
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On 30 May 2017, the Government designated 284 hectares of lands at Ireland West Airport Knock (IWAK) as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) under Section 166 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended).

The preparation of a Planning Scheme in respect of an SDZ is a function of the relevant development agency, under Section 168 of the Act. 

On 29 May 2019, the specified development agency, in this case Mayo County Council, published the draft planning scheme for the SDZ for public consultation for six weeks, closing on 12 July 2019, in accordance with Section 169 of the Act.

The Chief Executive of the planning authority submitted a report on submissions and observations received during the consultation period for consideration by the Council and on 9 September 2019, the planning authority made the IWAK SDZ Planning Scheme. Further details are available on Mayo County Council's website at the following link: www.mayococo.ie.

Further to the making of the planning scheme, the planning authority must grant permission for any development which is consistent with the planning scheme, with no further appeal to An Bord Pleanála against the decision of the planning authority.

As the planning scheme has now been adopted, delivery of this project is a matter in the first instance for Mayo County Council, who may engage as necessary with relevant Departments/Agencies in relation to available capital programmes.


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