To ask the Minister for Transport if he has plans to alter the procedures for planning appeals for the construction of major roads projects; his views on the opinion of the National Roads Authority that the authority should have more discretion on these appeals; if he has plans to reduce the public's right to appeal against planning decisions facilitating the construction of major roads; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Eamon Gilmore. (Nominated by: Eamon Gilmore).
For ORAL answer on Tuesday, 7th December, 2004.
Ref No: 27330/04
Transferred (from) Environment, Heritage and Local Government -- 04/11/2004 -- Question No 22 (Oral)
Answered by the Minister for Transport (Martin Cullen)
The statutory procedures applying to the approval of Motorway Orders and Environmental Impact Assessments required for major national road improvement projects are set out in the Roads Act 1993. I have no plans to alter these procedures or to alter the public's rights to object to motorway schemes or compulsory purchase orders or to make submissions on Environmental Impact Statements to An Bord Pleanala.