How to make a planning submission!

May 2, 2019 0

The planning system plays an important role in our society by helping to make the best use of our resources and protecting the environment and heritage of our towns, cities and countryside, whilst ensuring that necessary and worthwhile development can proceed. Planning authorities control the location, amount and type of development by deciding on planning applications.

submissionEveryone has a right to comment on local planning matters, and to shape the planning and development of the area, by commenting on planning applications and by participating in the periodic review of the development plan.

The planning authority may only consider the proper planning and sustainable development of its area and the preservation and improvement of amenities, having regard to the provisions of its development plan. Therefore, the authority may only consider objections based on planning considerations and not those based on personal dislikes or grievances. 

Although not specifically defined in the Planning Acts, the “proper planning and sustainable development” of an area will generally relate to:

  • appropriate land use (zoning)
  • adherence to established planning and development practices
  • preservation, improvement and extension of amenities
  • traffic safety
  • development density, size, location etc
  • The development plan for the area will give an indication of relevant planning issue

Anybody other than the applicant can make a submission/ observation on a planning application.

You can make a submission online on  the Fingal Online Consultation Portal  or in writing Submission Letters must contain your name, address and the planning application Reg. Ref. number.

The fee for making a submission or observation on a planning application in Ireland is €20. If you made a submission or observation that has been acknowledged by the local authority, you have the right to appeal its planning decision to An Bord Pleanála.

Written submissions should be sent to:

Senior Executive Officer, Balbriggan/Swords Operational Area, Operations Department, Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Read the Fingal Commenting on a Planning Application guide for more info.

Click here for a list of items for consideration
to assist you when making a submission on the Castlelands Masterplan

What type of comments are not be considered?

Objections which are generally NOT planning related and which normally CANNOT be taken into account include:

  • disputes about property rights or location of boundaries;
  • restriction of views from a property, where residential amenities are not affected (e.g. adequate light, overshadowing) – no one has a right to a particular view;