Today Environment Minister Alan Kelly has announced plans for a review of An Bord Pleanala. Included in the terms of reference of this review is an analysis of how the body will meet the current and future demands made of it by a growing construction industry. Welcoming this review, Tom Parlon of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has pointed out that there are significant delays in the time taken for construction projects to go from an initial planning application to starting on site. Referencing figures produced in the Building Information Index Tom points out that the lead time for commercial construction projects is currently averaging at 79 weeks.
This lead time varies significantly for different sectors within the industry, with the lead time for residential developments standing at a massive 142 weeks.
Read the full article with Tom’s view in the Irish Independent today