Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Planning Issues

Patrick Costello (Dublin South Central, Green Party)
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1360. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the estimated cost if the budget for the Office of the Planning Regulator increased by 12%. [6533/20]

Photo of Eoghan MurphyEoghan Murphy (Dublin Bay South, Fine Gael)
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The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR), headed up by the new Planning Regulator, was established on 3 April 2019.

The OPR is responsible for the independent assessment of all local authority and regional assembly forward planning, including development plans, local area plans, regional spatial and economic strategies.  It can also review the organisation, systems and procedures used by any planning authority or An Bord Pleanála in the performance of any of their planning functions.  In addition, the OPR has powers to drive national research, training, education and public information programmes to establish best practice in planning matters and highlight the role and benefit of proper planning.

The OPR is funded from my Department's Vote and the Revised Estimates provision for the OPR in 2020 amounts to a total of €2,569,000.  If the budget allocation for the OPR was to be increased by 12%, the additional cost would amount to €308,280.

Photo of Pádraig O'SullivanPádraig O'Sullivan (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail)
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1362. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the details of a right of way agreement in County Cork (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6549/20]

Photo of John Paul PhelanJohn Paul Phelan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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Pursuant to the Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006, the Property Registration Authority (PRA) is the registering authority in relation to property registration in Ireland and, subject to the aforementioned Act, is independent in the performance of its functions.

Arrangements have been put in place by all State bodies under the aegis of my Department to facilitate the provision of information directly to members of the Oireachtas.  The contact e-mail address in respect of the PRA is reps@prai.ie.

However, with regard to the specific query, I understand that although the PRA can confirm if a right of way exists, it could not provide details of any deeds or documents relating to the registration of the right, as those would be available only to the registered owner and in order to deal with such a query, the PRA would also require details such as the folio number or the application number under which the right of way was registered.

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