4 August: Commission to move against 20 euro planning objection fee

FIE has learned that the case against Ireland for imposing a 'participation fee' in the planning process is to proceed to the European Court of Justice.

The case, brought on foot of complaints by FIE on behalf of more than 60 community and environmental groups, alleges that Ireland has failed to make adequate provision to foster and encourage public participation in the environmental impact assessment process and in fact has actively discouraged such public participation by requiring the payment of a fee, which is contrary to the scheme and purpose of the Directive.

The EU legal move parallels FIE own's legal challenge in the Irish Courts, launched earlier this year.

See our website section on this 4 year battle to remove a fee that has resulted in a drop of 50% in comments by the public on proposed developments since its introduction in 2002.

Planning Fee Section
4 August: Commission to move against 20 euro planning objection fee

FIE has learned that the case against Ireland for imposing a 'participation fee' in the planning process is to proceed to the European Court of Justice.

The case, brought on foot of complaints by FIE on behalf of more than 60 community and environmental groups, alleges that Ireland has failed to make adequate provision to foster and encourage public participation in the environmental impact assessment process and in fact has actively discouraged such public participation by requiring the payment of a fee, which is contrary to the scheme and purpose of the Directive.

The EU legal move parallels FIE own's legal challenge in the Irish Courts, launched earlier this year.

See our website section on this 4 year battle to remove a fee that has resulted in a drop of 50% in comments by the public on proposed developments since its introduction in 2002.

Planning Fee Section
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