Friday, 3 April 2009

Council billboard decision appealed

AN ASSERTION by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council that it does not require planning permission to erect up to 80 billboards of up to 16sq m on roadsides is to be referred to An Bord Pleanála.

Two deals involving an estimated €15 million are being finalised. Under the terms of the first deal, with Clear Channel, elected councillors have already approved some 60 bus-shelter panels. The council was to be paid €10 million over a 10-year period for the sites, but management has recently reduced the number of sites to 47.

Under a second deal, with the JC Decaux advertising agency, the council is proposing another 30 sites. Under proposals circulated to councillors in the last week, JC Decaux said it planned to “relocate trees” where they interfere with the view of a sign.The signs are to be placed across the council’s administrative area.

It is estimated the council could net some €15 million over 10 years from the deals. The council has said it will use the Clear Channel money in its amenities budget.

Asked for clarification on this issue, a spokeswoman for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said it was important to note that the planning proposals were still just proposals.But Blackrock councillor Ruairí Holohan said he was incensed by the proposed deals. Mr Holohan said he intended to oppose the deal at council level while his Green Party colleague Ciarán Cuffe said he would refer the issue to An Bord Pleanála to determine if the scheme was in fact exempt from the need for planning permission.

Irish Times

1 comment:

Ciarán said...

Mornin' Brendan,

Here's the text of the letter:
1 April 2009

Kathleen Holohan
Director of Planning
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
County Hall
Marine Road
Dún Laoghaire

Request for Declaration Section 5. (1), Planning & Development Act 2000

Dear Ms. Holohan,

I am concerned at recent proposals from the Council that may lead to the proliferation of advertising signs throughout the County. I am anxious that the planning process is adequate, and involve meaningful public consultation. I therefore seek the following Declaration.

I write to enquire whether development consisting of the following is, or is not exempted development:

“The development of a network of advertising solutions on the local authority’s own properties where a third party meets all installation, operational and maintenance costs.

In considering this Declaration I ask that you consider the following information

1. I understand that Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is preparing or has signed a contract with Clear Channel (Ireland) Ltd for the ‘provision of’ sixty ‘six sheet structures’. My understanding is that a ‘six sheet structures’ consists of a freestanding frame containing a poster measuring 1800 x 1200mm.
This is outlined in Appendix One – ‘Agenda Item 13’

2. I understand that Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has sought expressions of interest for other outdoor advertising
This is outlined in Appendix Two consisting of the following
(a) Note from Richard Shakespeare, Director of Services (Culture and Environment) Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
(b) Expressions of interest note
(c) Tender documents including appendices
(d) Suggested locations of six sheet structures
(e) Photomontage of ‘metropole’ at Cherrywood (understanding is that consists of a freestanding illuminated structure 4.85m high x 3.48m wide)
-Specification of ‘metropole’ (J. C. Decaux)
-Suggested locations of thirty metropoles

Should the development not be exempted development I ask that you consider the issue of ‘project-splitting’ – that is whether a single planning application for the network, or separate planning applications for each structure is appropriate under Irish and EU law.

You may wish to address the issue of the costs of the development in your declaration. In my opinion it seems likely that the costs of providing the entire network may exceed €126,000.

You may note from Appendix Two (e) that the provision of metropoles involves the ‘relocation’ of trees in six locations.

I enclose a cheque for €80, and I understand that you are obliged to reply within 4 weeks of the receipt of this request.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Ciarán Cuffe TD