“(Phil Hogan) said the independent regulator will review and assess all forward planning functions by local authorities- such as the drafting of city and county development plans. The regulator will also have the power to advise the minister to reject or overturn part or all of a plan “where it is not up to scratch”, Mr Hogan added.
“ This advice will be published. The final decision to act will rest with the Minister of the day, and the Minister will be accountable to the Oireachtas for his or her decision”.
“It is understood this new planning regulator’s office will be staffed and resourced largely by staff taken on secondment or on a permanent basis from An Bord Pleanala.”