Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government has published the Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2017 which provides for second extensions of planning permissions in certain circumstances.
This provision is very significant in enabling developers to complete unfinished housing developments.
The emergency Bill is being prepared to enact the relevant provision before summer recess to ensure that extensions to planning permissions are legislatively provided for in a timely manner, allowing developers to complete unfinished housing estates under certain circumstances.
Minister Murphy said “Many construction projects were put on hold during the financial crisis. As the economy began to recover much needed housing developments came up against planning deadlines for completion. The legislation I brought to Cabinet today will allow for an extension of certain planning deadlines.
There are approximately seventy five developments throughout the country awaiting commencement of these planning provisions. In the absence of this legislation work would stop on all relevant sites across the country. Today’s action helps deliver more homes and increases much needed housing supply”.