billy no mates wrote:Thanks for that, what happens in a case where the granting of permission would contravene one or two sections of the town development plan? Can the Planning officials just go ahead and grant permission or would the elected representatives have to give the go ahead for this to happen?
This is covered by the 'material contravention' procedure of the 2000 act (s.34 (6)).
The intention to consider granting permission in contravention of the Development Plan must be advertised in a newspaper circulating in the area and the part/s of the Development Plan which may be contravened must be specified in that notice. At least 4 weeks must be allowed for submissions and the decision is a reserved function of the elected members.
So you have nothing to fear