How to object to planning permission in Ireland

If you’re thinking of objecting to planning permission in Ireland, there are a few things you need to know. We are going to outline the process of objection, and give some tips on how to make sure your voice is heard.

What is planning permission and why is it needed?

If you want to build something new or make changes to a property, you may need planning permission from your local authority. Planning permission is needed to stop inappropriate building and developments that are not in keeping with the surrounding area.

The planning permission process therefore protects both you and your neighbours from unauthorised development.

To apply for planning permission, you need to submit a detailed proposal outlining your plans, along with any supporting documents. The local authority will then assess your application to see if it meets their criteria.

If it does, they will grant planning permission subject to conditions; if not, they will refuse it.

Ultimately, planning permission is a way of ensuring that any proposed building work is in keeping with the surrounding area and does not cause disruption or problems for those living nearby or create health, safety or environmental issues.

What are the grounds to object to planning permission?

There are a number of grounds on which you can object to planning permission in Ireland.

If you feel that the proposed development would have a negative impact on your property, you can object on the grounds of amenity.

This includes things like loss of privacy, light or views.

If you’re concerned about the safety of the development, you can object on the grounds of public safety. This could be because of traffic congestion, noise pollution or the risk of flooding.

You can object if you feel that the development would have a negative impact on the environment, for example by causing pollution or destroying natural habitats.

You can object if you feel that the development would not be in keeping with the character of the area.

Whatever your grounds for objection, it’s important to state them clearly and provide evidence to support your case. The local authority will then decide whether or not to grant permission for the development.

How to object to a planning application

If you want to object to a planning application, you must do so in writing to the local planning authority where the application was made. Make sure to quote the planning application’s reference number and give your name and address. Sometimes if the issues are complex, you might decide that you need to employ the services of a planning consultant who will advise you and assist you in relation to your complaint. In some instances you might get your planning consultant to produce a report on the keys issue which you can submit with your letter of objection.

You can find the planning  reference number on the public notice or on the council’s website.

In your letter, state the reasons for your objection and include any supporting material. You may wish to include photographs, maps or diagrams. Once you have submitted your letter, the council will consider your objection and make a decision.

If you are unhappy with the decision, you can appeal to An Bord Pleanála. The appeals process can be complex, so it is advisable to seek professional legal and planning advice before proceeding.

If you are a local resident you can check up on planning applications online including any development plans for your area. You will have the chance to make observations in relation to such planning applications.

Your objection will be considered by the local authority as part of their decision-making process.

Planning permissions can be refused for a variety of reasons, so it’s important to make your objection as specific as possible. For example, you might object to a planning submission on the grounds that it would cause excessive noise or traffic congestion. Whatever your reason for objecting, make sure you state it clearly and concisely as a written submission.

Any one has the right to view and make comments on a planning application. For €20, you may submit a written argument or observation on the application to the local authority. In general, a submission or observation must be submitted within 5 weeks of the day the local authority receives the plan application.

Can you withdraw an objection to a planning application?

If the application is still open for public comment, you can simply withdraw your objection by submitting a new comment requesting the local planning authority to disregard your original submission or observation.

However, if the application has already been approved or denied, it is generally not possible to withdraw your objection.

If you have concerns about a project that has already been approved, you can contact the planning department to discuss your options. In some cases, it may be possible to file an appeal. Withdrawing an objection to a planning permission application is usually a simple process, but it is important to understand the deadlines and procedures involved in order to avoid any delays or complications.

Usually you should act within the five week period.

In Ireland, anyone has the right to view and make a comment on planning applications submitted to local authorities.

These applications are available for public inspection at the offices of the relevant council, and a fee of €20 entitles individuals to make written submissions or objections.

Submissions and objections must be made within five weeks of the date on which the application was received by the council. Planning applications are an important part of the democratic process, and it is crucial that members of the public have a chance to have their say. The 5-week timeframe ensures that there is adequate opportunity for people to inspect the plans and make their views known.

This system ensures that everyone has a voice in the planning process.

There are different guidelines you must follow if you want to object to a planning application or case that is with An Bord Pleanála.

Your comments must be based on planning considerations, not on personal likes, dislikes or other similar issues. 

An Bord Pleanála’s decision is considered final and can only be challenged with a judicial review in the High Court within eight weeks of the decision.

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Article by: Milan Schuster