FIE alleges that a new planning law due to enter into force this autumn threatens public access to environmental impact assessments and other planning procedures (ENDS Daily 9 February). Yesterday, the group said that the Commission had informed it that inquiries had been made to the Irish government as to whether the planning law contained any "disincentives" to public participation.
The planning law allows for the introduction of a fee to be paid by anyone making a comment on a planning application. The law also changes the rules on who can appeal against an approved planning application and who can request a judicial review.
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