Ireland’s new planning laws will be a “once-in-a-generation" piece of legislation that will “impact every soul on this island”, an Oireachtas committee has heard. Attracta Uí Bhroin, the environmental law office of the Irish Environmental Network, said it was “unacceptable” that the public could face increased exclusion from the planning process on foot of this new mammoth piece of legislation. Both she and Phoebe Duvall of An Taisce urged the Oireachtas housing committee to back a public consultation into the Government’s proposed Planning and Development Bill prior to it being finalised and enacted. The committee is currently conducting pre-legislative scrutiny of the Government’s landmark bill aimed at overhauling planning laws in this country.
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