Development Contribution Scheme 2023 - 2027
In accordance with the provisions of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), Longford County Council has adopted a revised Development Contribution Scheme for the period from 1st June 2023 – 31st December 2027. The proposed Draft Development Contribution Scheme was presented to Members of Longford County Council at the Monthly Meeting held on the 12th April 2023 and following a resolution and a vote it was agreed to adopt the scheme. The Development Contribution Scheme 2023-2023 shall apply to all relevant planning permissions under Section 34 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) received after the 1st June 2023. The scheme provides for the levying of development contributions in respect of public infrastructure and facilities benefiting development in the area of the Planning Authority.
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Development Contribution Scheme Purpose
Section 48 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), enables Planning Authorities when granting permission to include conditions requiring the payment of a contribution in respect of public infrastructure and facilities benefiting development in the area of the Planning Authority and that is provided, or that it is intended will be provided, by or on behalf of a Local Authority (regardless of other sources of funding).
‘Public infrastructure and facilities’ includes:-
- a) The acquisition of land;
- b) The provision of open spaces, recreational and community facilities and amenities and landscaping works;
- c) The provision of roads, car parks, car parking places, surface water drainage infrastructure and flood relief work;
- d) The provision of bus corridors and lanes, bus interchange facilities (including car parks for these facilities) infrastructure to facilitate public transport, cycle and pedestrian facilities, and traffic calming measures;
- e) The refurbishment, upgrading, enlargement or replacement of roads, car parks, car parking places;
- f) Surface Water including the refurbishment, upgrading, enlargement or the replacement of drains;
- g) The provision of high-capacity telecommunications infrastructure, such as broadband;
- h) The provision of school sites and other social and community facilities, and;
- i) Any matters ancillary to the above.
The primary objectives of the Development Contribution Scheme are to:
- Provide a mechanism by which developers and others can contribute to the cost of providing public infrastructure and facilities that benefit development in their area.
- Increase flexibility for Local Authorities in relation to the range of projects that could be funded from this source, by allowing Authorities to fund public infrastructure provision without necessarily tying it to a specific development.
- Introduce greater transparency into the way in which development contributions are levied and applied (so that developers would be able to establish in advance what levy should apply to them).
- Ensure that Local Authorities can manage and maintain growth by providing key infrastructure to support local economies.