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  • Pleanála: Contact Page
    Ireland The Planner covers bus rail tram taxis ferries and walking 120 operators in total with fully mapped out route information printable timetables and details of overall journey times It can be accessed at the following link Journey Planner The Journey Planner App can be downloaded from www transportforireland ie Note Luas Cross City Green Line Marlborough Street Marlborough Street Utility Works are continuing for the Luas Cross City Green Line because of these works beginning on Parnell Street Marlborough Street corner traffic movements are being changed for a period of 7 months commencing on 9th January 2014 Marlborough Street will be made one way southbound between Parnell Street and Cathal Brugha Street Sean MacDermot Street This will affect access to and egress from the Boards office You are advised to familiarise yourselves with the directions to traffic flow by viewing the map and details of the routes on this Link By Bus For the latest details on wheelchair accessible routes real time bus information and general timetables in Dublin see www dublinbus ie Busaras is a 10 minute walk away from Marlborough Street For information national bus services see www buseireann ie Rail routes The two main train stations in Dublin City are Connolly and Heuston The Board s offices are within walking distance of Connolly Station Alternatively the LUAS Red Line can be taken from Connolly Station to Abbey Street which intersects with Marlborough Street Heuston Station is located approximately 2 kilometres from our offices There are bus links from Heuston Station at the www dublinbus ie The LUAS Red Line also runs from Heuston Station to Abbey Street For the latest rail routes and details see www irishrail ie Walking and Cycling Estimated walking and cycling times for the Greater Dublin area can be found at the

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  • Pleanála: Help
    that contains a variety of information related to the current page for example relevant publications or forms recent Press Releases about the policy area contact information for the Unit etc A breadcrumb trail is available above the main title of each page This shows a hierarchical view of where on the site you are on now and how to get there from the Home page You can click on any of the links to retrace your route back up to the Home page The bottom navigation bar contains most of the same links available at the top of each page and in addition contains a link to bring you straight back to the top of the page Site map The pages on this website are organised by policy area and maintained directly by staff of each of the responsible Units within the Department You can view a detailed site map listing all the different areas of the site Contacting us Please email the webmaster at bord pleanala ie if you have an issue or problem with this website for example if you find a broken link or a form is not working If you have a query or problem regarding a particular planning case please phone the board at our Lo Call number Using the search engine You can search for the information you are looking for using the sites search engine All of the HTML pages on this site are indexed so if the information you seek is on the site you should be able to find it We have provided detailed instructions on how to use the search engine Finding old pages The structure of the website has been reorganised in 2007 to make information easier to find As a result of the reorganisation most of the pages

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  • Pleanála:
    Home About Site Map Publications FAQs News Search Contact Help Strategy Statement 2011 2014 Strategy Statement Note Strategy Statement 2011 2014 Last modified 08 7 2015 Back to top Copyright

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  • Pleanála: Customer Charter
    respect between the customer and the organisation You can help us by also being respectful and courteous in your dealings with staff Independence Openness and Impartiality To commit to provide an independent and impartial planning assessment system which is clear and transparent The aim is to give full and accurate information in a manner that suits you Performance To monitor and evaluate performance on a continual basis and examine the development and delivery of services in order to meet customers needs including the development of appropriate ICT Infrastructure and systems Equality Discrimination To ensure that in dealings with staff your rights relating to the use of the Irish language other forms of communications and the nine grounds on which discrimination is unlawful are fully respected Access To endeavour to provide clean accessible public offices that ensure an appropriate level of privacy comply with occupational and safety standards and as part of this facilitate access for people with disabilities and others with specific needs Complaints To endeavour to maintain an open accessible and responsive system of dealing with complaints and to facilitate comments and suggestions from customers on the quality of service provided Details of how a complaint suggestion can be

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  • Pleanála: Memorandums of Understanding
    Memorandums of Understanding Memorandum of Understanding between the Environmental Protection Agency and An Bord Pleanála Memorandum of Understanding between the Health and Safety Authority and An Bord Pleanála Memorandum of Understanding between the Commission for Energy Regulation and An Bord

    Original URL path: http://www.pleanala.ie/publications/2014/MOU.htm (2015-10-30)
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  • Pleanála:
    Integrated Progress Report Non Pay Saving Achieved in year three of the public service agreement 2010 2014 Summary of Main Progress Achieved in the 9 month period April 2012 to December 2012 Public Service Agreement 2010 2014 Croke Park Agreement

    Original URL path: http://www.pleanala.ie/publications/2013/PSA2010-2014.htm (2015-10-30)
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  • Pleanála:
    4 1 Membership of the Board is in a whole time capacity No member shall accept emolument for any outside employment consultancy or advisory service other than with the written consent of the Chairperson 4 2 On leaving office no Board member should accept employment connected with act as a consultant or otherwise advise in relation to any case which was with the Board during his her period of office 4 3 No employee shall accept emolument for any outside employment which may in any way represent or may be reasonably interpreted as representing a conflict of interest on any matters pertaining to the functions undertaken by An Bord Pleanála other than with the written consent of the Chief Officer 4 4 On leaving employment no employee who is of a class description or grade prescribed for the purposes of section 147 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 should accept employment connected with act as a consultant or otherwise advise in relation to any case which was with the Board during his her period of employment 5 ACCEPTANCE OF GIFTS 5 1 A member or employee should not accept or obtain or agree to accept or attempt to obtain from any person or body for himself herself or for any other person any gift invitation sponsorship consideration or favour which may be interpreted as an inducement or reward for doing or forbearing to do any act or exert influence in relation to the functions or business of the Board 6 FINANCIAL EFFICIENCY EXPENSES CLAIMS AND FRAUD PREVENTION 6 1 Board members and employees shall in carrying out their duties endeavour to ensure that the best possible use is made of the organisation s financial environmental and human resources 6 2 Expenses claimed by and paid to Board members or employees must relate only to appropriate business needs of the organisation and should be in accordance with good practice in the public service generally 6 3 The Board shall maintain controls to prevent fraud including adequate procedures to ensure compliance with prescribed procedures in relation to the claiming of expenses for business travel and all members and employees shall ensure compliance with such controls and procedures 7 DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION PUBLICATION OF OPINIONS VIEWS 7 1 Section 113 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 prohibits the disclosure of specified information by Board members or employees without the consent of the Board The section does not apply to information disclosed by the Board a to the Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government b in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997 and c in accordance with the European Communities Act 1972 Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 1998 7 2 Nothing concerning disclosure of information in this Code shall be interpreted as prohibiting restricting or in any way preventing the disclosure of information in relation to possible fraud malpractice or irregularities dealt with in the Board s Code on Confidential Disclosures in accordance with the provisions set out in that code 7 3 Board members and employees should not express an opinion to any member of the public relating to any matter which is before the Board other than the giving of information in relation to procedures and compliance with the statutory objective which it is proper to give 7 4 Information in relation to the following should not be given by any Board member or employee to any party applicant observer or other member of the public the names of the Board member or the Inspector dealing with or likely to be dealing with particular cases specific information in relation to Board meetings attendance at future Board meetings future leave arrangements of Board members the contents of an Inspector s recommendation report or the terms of a Board direction during the currency of an appeal or referral until they are generally available in accordance with proper procedures 7 5 Any enquiry from the media to a Board member or employee should be directed to the Secretary in the first instance 7 6 Except with the written consent of the Chairperson no Board member or employee may i make a statement or give an interview to the media about the performance of the functions of the Board ii prepare for publication publish or otherwise cause or permit to be published or broadcast by radio or television or other media any matter relating to the performance of the functions of the Board iii deliver a paper about the performance of the functions of the Board Subparagraphs i to iii above shall not apply to office holders of professional bodies for the period of their offices 7 7 A Board member or employee must not allow a situation to arise where there is a conflict or potential conflict with his her official duties A Board member or employee shall not publish or publicly express personal views or opinions which could reasonably be interpreted as compromising his her ability to carry out his her official duties with the Board in an impartial manner or as compromising the Board in carrying out its functions in an impartial and objective manner 7 8 Board members should not retain documentation obtained during their terms as members and should return all such documentation to the Secretary or otherwise indicate to the Secretary that all such documentation has been disposed of in an appropriate manner In the event that former Board members require access to papers from their time on the Board this can be facilitated 8 PUBLIC PROCUREMENT FAIRNESS IN BUSINESS DEALINGS 8 1 All purchasing of goods services shall be done in accordance with An Bord Pleanála Public Procurement Guidelines Board members and employees must be conscious of their responsibilities in relation to commercially sensitive information obtained in relation to tenders and not release such information other than in accordance with established practices 8 2 The Board is committed to ensuring fairness in all business dealings and all members and employees shall be conscious of this commitment in carrying out their functions and responsibilities 9 ACCURACY OF INFORMATION 9 1 Employees shall take care to ensure that all accounts reports or statistics relating to the business of the Board are accurate and are not misleading 10 WORK EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT 10 1 The Board places the highest priority on promoting and protecting the health and safety of members and employees It is committed to compliance with relevant codes and regulations including employment equality and equal status legislation The Board will operate its business in such a manner so as to ensure that local community concerns in the area of where its offices are located are fully considered and that its practices are in accordance with the sustainability of the environment PROPER PROCEDURE 11 CONSIDERATION OF APPEALS APPLICATIONS 11 1 It is essential that proper procedures are followed in the interests of fairness and of natural and constitutional justice 11 2 The Board is obliged by law to ensure that there are no avoidable delays at any stage of the appeal process and it has a statutory objective to determine cases within eighteen weeks or four months as appropriate 11 3 It is the duty of each Board member employee a not to engage in conduct which is dishonest or which may otherwise bring the standing of the Board into disrepute or which may be prejudicial to the effective performance by the Board of its functions and b to be competent efficient courteous and professional in the execution of his her duties 12 IMPROPER COMMUNICATIONS 12 1 Under section 114 of the 2000 Act it is unlawful for a person to communicate with the Chairperson an ordinary Board member an employee consultant or adviser or other person whose services are availed of by the Board for the purpose of influencing improperly the consideration of matters with which the Board is concerned or a decision of the Board in regard to any such matter It is the duty of any such person on receipt of such a communication not to entertain it further and to bring it to the attention of the Board without delay 13 PROCEDURES FOR BOARD MEMBERS 13 1 Sub section 148 1 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended sets out legislative requirements relevant to this issue 13 2 Where a Board member has a pecuniary or other beneficial interest in or which is material to any application appeal or other matter which falls to be decided or determined by the Board under any enactment he she shall a disclose to the Chairperson and to other Board members the nature of his her interest he she shall also notify the Secretary who shall keep a register of all such notifications b not participate in or attend any meeting at which the matter is discussed or determined c neither influence nor seek to influence a decision or any procedure of the Board as regards the matter 13 3 When a member is presenting a file at a Board meeting every other member present should disclose any possible conflict of interest Where the Chairperson of the meeting determines that a conflict exists the member in question shall not thereafter participate in or attend any meeting at which the case is discussed or determined 13 4 Where a question arises as to whether or not there is a conflict of interest other than the situation as referred to at 13 3 the Chairperson of the Board or in his absence the Deputy Chairperson shall determine the matter 13 5 When a member is presenting a file to the Board all issues of significance must be raised including relevant procedural matters and technical points It is the duty of the member to present the appeal objectively and an appropriate opportunity must be given to other members present to state their views before a decision is made 14 PROCEDURES FOR EMPLOYEES OTHERS DEALING WITH CASES 14 1 Sub section 148 5 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended sets out relevant legislative requirements in relation to this issue 14 2 Where an employee of the Board a fee per case Inspector a consultant or adviser engaged by the Board or any other person whose services are availed of by the Board has a pecuniary or other beneficial interest in or which is material to any appeal or other matter which falls to be decided or determined by the Board he she shall comply with the following requirements a he she shall neither influence nor seek to influence the processing of the case or the decision of the Board as regards the matter b he she shall disclose in writing to the Secretary the nature of his her interest and comply with any directions the Board may give in relation to the matter 14 3 Where it is considered that an employee fee per case Inspector consultant adviser or other person whose services are availed of has a pecuniary or other beneficial interest in or which is material to any appeal or other matter this shall be recorded in memo form and the file shall be returned to the Director of Planning Assistant Director of Planning or other supervisor as appropriate for reassignment The memo should be forwarded by the person in question to the Secretary who will maintain a register of such matters 15 ASSIGNMENT OF FILES OR OTHER WORK 15 1 Assignment means 1 assignment of work including a file or other matter to an employee Inspector consultant adviser or other person whose services are availed of by the Board for the preparation of a report recommendation or other matter connected with a case or 2 the allocation of a file or other matter to a Board member for consideration or for presentation to the Board 15 2 A member or other person referred to in 15 1 shall not deal with any case in any capacity on behalf of the Board where she he previously had any involvement at any time in the matter either on a personal basis or on behalf of a previous employer or as a member of any other organisation or voluntary body 15 3 A member or other person referred to in 15 1 shall not knowingly deal with a file or other matter or participate in determining a case concerning his her own immediate neighbourhood or concerning persons well known on a personal basis to him her 15 4 A member or other person referred to at 15 1 shall not knowingly deal with a file relating to a planning authority or a private practice where he she was previously employed during the previous 2 year period or any voluntary or professional organisation of which the person is or was a member during the previous 2 year period 15 5 A member or other person referred to in 15 1 shall not knowingly deal with a file or participate in determining any case which relates to or could have any implications for any land business or professional interests which are contained in his her declaration of interests 15 6 Where a doubt exists in relation to any question arising under 15 2 15 3 15 4 or 15 5 the matter shall be resolved by the Chairperson for Board members the Secretary for administrative staff or the Director of Planning for Inspectorate staff 15 7 A Board member or employee shall not deal with or participate in the decision making process in any case where he she considers such involvement could give rise to an appearance of objective bias i e that such involvement could give rise to a reasonable apprehension that the decision maker or the process leading to the decision might have been biased or that a reasonable observer would apprehend that there had not been an impartial decision making process In the case of doubt on this issue a member should seek a ruling from the Chairperson and an employee should seek a ruling from the Chief Officer 15 8 Other than the Chairperson no member or employee shall request that a particular file be assigned to him her 15 9 Where a file is assigned to a Board member employee or other person which falls into any of the categories outlined in paragraphs 15 2 15 3 15 4 15 5 or 15 7 the file shall be returned to the assignor for reassignment 16 CIRCULATION OF CODE OF CONDUCT 16 1 The Board will circulate the Code of Conduct to all members and employees and shall also make other relevant persons aware of the code as necessary All recipients will acknowledge receipt and understanding of same APPENDIX 1 STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS 1 CODE OF CONDUCT SECTION 150 AS RELEVANT TO AN BORD PLEANÁLA 1 1 Section 150 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 provides that An Bord Pleanála shall adopt a code of conduct for dealing with conflicts of interest and promoting public confidence in the integrity of the conduct of its business 1 2 A code of conduct shall consist of a written statement setting out the Board s policy on at least the following matters 1 disclosure of interests and relationships where the interests and relationships are of relevance to the work of the Board 2 membership of other organisations associations and bodies professional or otherwise 3 membership of or other financial interests in companies partnerships or other bodies 4 undertaking work not being work on behalf of the Board both during and after any period of employment with the Board whether as a consultant adviser or otherwise 5 acceptance of gifts sponsorship considerations or favours 6 disclosure of information concerning matters pertaining to the work of the Board 7 following of proper procedure in relation to the functions of the Board including the procedures for the processing of planning appeals and applications the granting of permission which would materially contravene the development plan and the disclosure by members and employees of any representations made to such members or employees whether in writing or otherwise in relation to those matters 1 3 This section shall apply to o a member of the Board and o an employee of the Board or any other person whose services are availed of by the Board and who is of a class description or grade prescribed for the purposes of this section see section 3 of this Appendix for details of prescribed persons 1 4 It shall be a condition of appointment of Board members that they shall comply with the code of conduct It shall be a condition of employment of persons listed at subsection 3 c in the 2000 Act that they shall comply with the code of conduct 1 5 The Board may at any time review a code of conduct adopted under this section and may o amend the code of conduct or o adopt a new code of conduct 2 DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS RELEVANT STATUTORY PROVISIONS SECTION 147 2 1 Section 147 1 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 states that it shall be the duty of a person to give a declaration of interests signed by him or her for so long as the section applies to them This section applies to the following persons o a member of the Board o an employee of the Board or any other person whose services are availed of by the Board and who is of a class description or grade prescribed for the purposes of this section 2 2 Sub section 147 2 requires that a declaration under the section shall be given at least once a year 2 3 On appointment to the Board or on commencement of employment members and employees of the Board or any other person whose services are availed of by the Board and who is of a class description or grade prescribed for the purposes of this

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  • Pleanála:
    any appeal or submission and should avoid making such allegations Any submissions made to the Board are generally circulated and or made available for public inspection All material relevant to any case determined by the Board becomes available for public inspection following the Board s decision Please note that in the event of any potentially defamatory allegation giving rise to legal action against it the Board may seek indemnity from

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