Under the Planning and Development Regulations a planning authority must refer all planning applications that might have significant effects in relation to nature conservation to the Minister.
Applications should be sent to:-Development Applications Unit Newtown RoadWexford
The Development Applications Unit coordinates the evaluation of such applications by the various technical services of the Department, including NPWS. An application is examined with reference to its impact on designated sites and taking into account the provisions of domestic and European legislation. On the basis of this appraisal, the Department may recommend to the planning authority that further information should be requested from the developer (for instance, assessment of impacts on specific species) or that certain planning conditions should be included in a grant of permission. In extreme cases, where significant negative impacts on nature conservation may not be mitigated the Department may recommend to the planning authority that planning permission not be granted."Guidance on Appropriate Assessment for Planning Authorities"