Part 8 Development Consultation

Local authorities must give public notice, under Part 8 of the planning laws, when they propose to build housing, roads, bridges, tunnels, fire stations, libraries or public swimming pools. You can have an input into the proposal through consultation.

What is a Part 8?

A development carried out by a Local Authority is often referred to as ‘Part 8’ development. This is a reference to Part 8 of the Planning & Development Regulations 2001 as amended, which sets out the procedure for carrying out such developments. Such works would include developments such as the construction of houses, roads, swimming pools, public toilets and more.

What is the procedure for carrying out a Part 8?

Public consultation is a fundamental element of the 'Part 8' planning application process. This consultation procedure requires that notice of the proposed development is given in an approved newspaper and that a site notice is erected on the land on which the proposed development would be situated.

After the expiration of the period during which submissions or observations may be made, a report is presented to the members of the Council. This report contains, amongst other items, a list of the persons or bodies who made submissions, along with a summary of the issues raised by them and the Chief Executive's response. This report recommends whether or not the proposed development should be proceeded with as proposed, or should not be proceeded with.

Following consideration of the Report, the proposed development may be carried out as recommended in the Report, unless the local authority, by resolution, decides to vary or modify the development, otherwise than as recommended in the Report, or decides not to proceed with the development.

Part 8 Proposals

Details of current Council proposals can be viewed online at Carlow County Council’s Consultation Portal.