Linguistic Impact Assessments

What is a Linguistic Impact Statement?

A linguistic Impact Statement is a report that is prepared to support significant developments in Gaeltacht Areas. The report is essentially a study, which assesses whether a proposed development will have an impact on the linguistic integrity of the locality, and it is submitted in support of planning applications for significant developments within the Gaeltacht.

Why do I need a Linguistic Impact Statement?

The Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) has stated that Development Plans must include objectives for the “protection of the linguistic and cultural heritage of the Gaeltacht including the promotion of Irish as the community language, where there is a Gaeltacht Area in the area of the development plan”. Increasingly Local Authorities request Linguistic Impact Statements to support applications for development in Gaeltacht areas, this can be included as a policy requirement within the development/local area plan or alternatively can be requested on a case by case basis via a further information request on individual Planning Applications.

How long does it take to carry out a Linguistic Impact Statement?

The timeframe involved in the preparation of a Linguistic Impact Statement is dependent on the nature of the scheme proposed and the availability of the required information. McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan can agree the timeframe for delivery of a Linguistic Impact Statement on a case-by-case basis.

How much will preparing a Linguistic Impact Statement cost?

The cost of preparing a Linguistic Impact Statement is dependent on a variety of factors including the nature/character of the proposed development, its location and the availability of information. McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan can provide a comprehensive and competitive fee proposal on a case-by-case basis once details of the proposed development and scope of works have been set out.

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