Draft ‘Water Services - Guidelines for Planning Authorities’ issued for consultation

The Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Damien English, TD, has published draft Water Services - Guidelines for Planning Authorities for consultation. New statutory guidelines on the interactions between Ireland’s planning process and Irish Water are intended to benefit a more joined up approach to securing both proper planning and an effective water services network.

Minister English said: “Following the conclusion of the work of the Joint Committee on the Future of Funding of Domestic Water Services, the publication of these draft Guidelines is a big step forward in ensuring both Irish Water and our planning processes are working in tandem with each other for the benefit of our country, our regions and our communities.” The Minister highlighted that the importance of planning authorities working in the knowledge that water infrastructure can and will be provided when making planning policy and decisions.

The draft Guidelines are, therefore, intended to provide best practice guidance in relation to the interface between the planning and development functions provided by planning authorities and the delivery of public services by Irish Water. The draft Guidelines also offer clear guidance on how Irish Water will interact with the planning process in the provision of this critical infrastructure.

Planning authorities, public bodies and other interested parties will have until Wednesday 28th February 2018 to make submissions in relation to the Guidelines. Following consideration of proposed amendments/alterations, the revised guidelines will be published under section 28 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended).  In the interests of clarity, however, these Guidelines as published on 17th January 2018 are issued under section 28 of the Act whereby Planning Authorities and An Bord Pleanála are required to have regard to these Guidelines in the course of carrying out their functions.

A link to the document is here… http://www.housing.gov.ie/planning/guidelines/irish-water/draft-water-services-guidelines-public-consultation

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