Construction Ireland Construction Directory
Time and date
Share this page
Construction News

Dept Of Housing Considers Electronic Submission Of Planning Applications

Construction News Image
The Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage are considering moving to electronic submission of planning applications.

A circular letter is expected to be issued to all Planning Authorities examining a move to eplanning systems.

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív welcomed the news.

In response to a Parliamentary Question submitted by Deputy Ó Cuív the Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage said they are "examining the feasibility of accelerating the development and roll-out of eplanning nationwide to all planning authorities as early as possible".

Deputy Ó Cuív said: "I welcome the confirmation that plans for the electronic submission of planning applications is being expedited. It is ridiculous that up to now three copies of each planning application had to be submitted and that the local authorities had to then scan the documentation on to the system, often losing quality in the process. We will be living with public health measures for a long time before an effective vaccine is developed for COVID-19. We must use this time to encourage as much digital practises in real world scenarios as is practical taking into account the right of people to interact non-electronically with the state. This includes the submission of planning permission applications.

-- Advertisement --

"Such a move to an eplanning system will minimise unnecessary interaction between those submitting applications and Officials in Planning Departments. Reducing in person contacts while ensuring the planning process becomes more streamlined will be a positive development for all. It will have knock on benefits for the applicants and their agents.

"I understand there is further development and testing of the new eplanning system to be done. Following this a circular letter will be issued to all Planning Authorities on the deployment of the new online planning application process."

Latest Construction News


John Paul Construction has announced a further strengthening of its senior leadership team. The following appointments include: • Mark O'Shea – Associate Director – Construction • Keith McConville – Associate Director – Surveying • Conrad Shannon – Associate Director – Surveying • Colin Crowley

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) is launching a national competition for senior cycle students called 'A Home for Everyone'. Aimed at senior cycle students, it is a team-based project where students work together to design a home that helps 'solve' climate change, the housing crisis and

Work is continuing to upgrade the water network in Blanchardstown. While the essential works are underway customers on the Cruiserath Road may be impacted by disruption to their water supply from 10am until 4pm on Thursday 29 October as a new connection to the water network is facilitated. Custome

Irish energy firm ESB has announced a €75 million fund to help large businesses reduce their carbon footprint while making energy cost savings. Up-front capital is proved by ESB for these energy-saving infrastructural projects and repayments can be financed by the resultant delivered savings. Once

CBI Northern Ireland has published a new report proposing a shake-up of major planning processes. With a particular emphasis on projects of regional significance, the report sets out a series of recommendations to both streamline the planning process and establish a new framework for more effectiv

Murphy Surveys has changed its name to Murphy Geospatial, reflecting the rapidly changing land surveying industry and the evolution of the company's services to meet these developing needs. The company works with its clients to capture, collate, verify and govern geospatial data, allowing them to r

NI Water is urging consumers to adopt better flushing habits and to bin anything other than Pee, Poo and Paper. Gavin McCready, Wastewater Manager commented: "It doesn’t need to be Halloween for us to be afraid of what we find down there. "People are under the impression that the wet wipes are ok

A planning application for the development of Carrick on Shannon Nursing Unit has been given the green light by Leitrim County Council. The development will provide a new 90 bedded unit on a green field site at Ballnamony Td, Carrick on Shannon. The proposed development will comprise of a communit

Setanta Construction has scooped new deals in Great Britain and France following investment in Research & Development. The firm is also to create 12 new jobs at its Magherafelt workshop. Dr Vicky Kell, Invest Northern Ireland's Director of Innovation, Research & Development said: "Setanta is alrea

Contractor GMC Utilities has completed works to improve the sewer network in O'Connell Street in Limerick. The company carried out the works on behalf of Irish Water. The works will help address odour issues, reduce sewer flooding and upgrade the sewers for the long-term benefit of businesses and
Sperrin GalvanisersKitchen WizardMartin Fortune TransportOliver Crampton & Sons LtdMolloy Environmental SystemsVision Branding SolutionsFernhill StonePVC CleaningLF Building ServicesGMC Grab Hire Ltd
Terms and Conditions