Council forced to apply for planning on advertising signshttp://www.dublinpeople.com/content/view/1809/57/
DÃšN Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has been forced to row back on plans it had to erect up to 80 advertising structures across the county without planning permission.
But a number of local politicians who pressured the council into the u-turn are still unhappy as officials want to apply for permission to erect the units through a specific procedure that cannot be appealed to An Bord PleanÃ¡la.
n February, councillors voted to accept a deal with outdoor advertising company, Clear Channel Ireland, that would involve the council erecting 60 on-street advertising ‘six sheet’ structures all over the county.
Under the initial deal the local authority will be paid e10 million over a 10-year period for the sites. But management recently reduced the number of sites to 47.
Two weeks ago it emerged that the council had also signed a deal with another outdoor advertising firm, JC Decaux, to erect a further 30 large ‘metropole’ advert structures, measuring 16 sq mt, in various locations around the county.
The local authority has not revealed how much they will receive from the JC Decaux contract.
The council had originally said it would not have to apply for planning permission for each individual advertising structure as developments under a threshold of e126,000 are deemed to be exempt from requiring planning permission.
The council has now confirmed that the proposed outdoor advertising contracts with both JC Decaux and Clear Channel will be subject to the planning process, which will involve a Part 8 approval being granted by the council for each of the proposed advertising structures,“ a spokeswoman said.
Part 8 planning applications are those made by a local authority to councillors for works such as roads and community centres.
Following consideration of submissions received from the public, the county manager presents a report to councillors for the approval of the scheme.
Councillors can then decide to accept or reject the proposed development, with or without variations or modifications.
However, decisions made by local authorities under the process can’t be subsequently appealed to An Bord PleanÃ¡la.