|A total of 123
planning applications were received by Wexford Corporation in
The total number of
planning applications granted during 1997 amounted to 69.
applications were refused.
16 of the above
applications were for planning exemption letters.
Awareness and Participation
The rights of the
public to be informed, to be protected, and to be consulted have
been enshrined in the Planning Acts. During 1997, the public continued
exercise those rights through examining planning applications
files, and of
course, appealing decisions of the Wexford Planning
authority to An Bord
Appeals to An Bord
Pleanala in 1997 amounted to 3. 1 appeal was
In 2 cases the
decision of Wexford Corporation was upheld.
The development plan
is currently being reviewed by the National Building
development plan is the Development Plan for Wexford Town and
1993 adopted by Wexford Borough Council and Wexford County Council
11th, January 1993.
When do I
need planning permission?
Generally, you need
planning permission for any development of land or property
development is specifically exempted from this need.
development includes the carrying out of works (building, demolition,
alteration) on land or buildings and the making of a material (i.e.
change of use of land or buildings.
different types of permission?
Yes. There are three
types of planning permissions. An application may be made
The commonest type of
application made is for permission, sometimes referred
to as full
permission. But there are circumstances when you may want to make
application for outline permission, if, for example, you want to see
the planning authority agrees with your proposal in principle
before you go to the
trouble of making detailed plans. However, if you
obtain outline permission, you
will have to submit exact details and
drawings and get approval before starting
will planning permission cost?
A fee is payable with
an application for planning permission. Fees for different
development are listed with your application as the planning authority
is prohibited by law from deciding an application until this is paid.
Voluntary organisations may qualify for an exemption from the fee.
How do I
make a planning application?
Forms and information
are available from the planning authority.
Your application will
be acknowledged (within a few days) and be placed on the
register in the planning authority offices, for public inspection.
will also be included on the lists of planning applications displayed
offices, public libraries and circulated to certain
A council official will usually inspect the
development site; you may be asked to
make an appointment to allow
people comment on my application?
Yes. Any person can
see a copy of your application and make written
observations to the planning authority on any planning aspect of
These must be considered by the planning authority when determining
application. There is no fee for making such a submission or
the decision make?
In making the
decision, the planning authority takes a number of matters into
planning and development of the area (e.g. appropriate land
use(zoning), road safety, development density, size location,
to established planning and development practices).
observations made by members of the public on the
It may not take
non-planning issues into account e.g. boundary or other
questions more properly resolved through legal means, etc.
I know permission has been granted or not?
The decision to grant
permission, with or without conditions, will be notified to
to anyone who commented on the application. What you get is a notice
of intention to grant permission. During a period of one month
beginning on the
date of making of this decision, you or anyone else
may appeal it to An Bord
Pleanala either the grant of permission, with
or without whatever conditions the
Board considers appropriate, or if
the Board decides, refusal of permission.
Where the planning
authority decide to refuse your application, their reasons will
included in the notification sent to you. The same period for appeal
will apply here also.
penalties for breaches of planning law?
Yes. It is an offence
to undertake any work needing permission without that
Planning authorities have powers to stop unauthorised development
this can be a costly experience for the offender. You may be required
rectify any unauthorised works and will have to pay whatever costs
On conviction in the District Court, fines of up to £1,000
can be imposed together
with fines of up to £200 per day for
continuing offences. The District Courts also
have power to impose
prison sentences of up to 6 months. On conviction in
the maximum fine is £1,000,000 (£10,000 per day for continuing
offences) and up to 2 years imprisonment.
The law governing the
planning system is set out in the Local Government
Development) Acts, 1963 to 1993 and Local Government (Planning
Development) Regulations, 1994. These may be purchased from the
Government Publications Sales Office, Sun Alliance house, Molesworth
Dublin 2. Telephone (01) 6613111.
Please note that the law may
be updated from time to time.