Quarries-Section 261A Planning and Development Act 2000-2010, as amended.
A number of new legislative provisions were contained in the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2010 and the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011; these were commenced on 15 November 2011.
The requirements of these legislative provisions are summarized as follows:
(i) Requirement for local authorities to prepare a complete inventory of all quarries in their jurisdiction
(ii) Within 9 months of the commencement of the legislative provisions, all planning authorities had to identify the qualifying quarries and determine whether Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) or Appropriate Assessment (AA) or screening for same was required and, if required, was it carried out
(iii) Where a Planning Authority makes a determination that EIA or AA (or Screening for same) was required but not carried out the Planning Authority shall, depending on decisions regarding the planning status of the quarry, issue notice to the owner or operator of the quarry directing them to apply to the Board for substitute consent in respect of the quarry, or issue a notice to the owner or operator of the quarry requiring that the quarry operation cease.
(iv) Quarry operators have the right to request a review by An Bord Pleanála of the planning authority's determination and /or decisions.
It should be noted that the above is a brief summary of the implications of the above referenced legislative provisions and the complete text of the Planning & Development Act 2000-2010, as amended should be consulted and can be found here.
The Planning Section undertook an assessment of all quarries in the administrative areas of Cork County Council as required under Section 261A of the Planning & Development Act 2000-2010, as amended. Details of quarries that were assessed, including reports and notices (if applicable) and a link to the GIS Map can be accessed from the link below.
The website will be updated on the receipt of decisions from An Bord Pleanála regarding the review of notices or the determination of applications for Substitute Consent.