Ireland under fire over planning charges
The European Commission has sent Ireland an official warning that its new spatial planning law breaches the EU's 1985 environmental impact assessment directive by imposing fees on public submissions related to development proposals. The news was revealed by NGO Friends of the Irish environment (FIE), which has waged a long campaign against planning fees and other aspects of Ireland's 2000 planning law (EED 09/02/00). A draft regulation implementing the fees is currently undergoing parliamentary scrutiny. See FIE press release.