Development Applications Tracking System (DATS)

NPWS

Introduced around 2006 / 2007

In 2019, the Department received over 10,500 referrals as a Statutory consultee under all headings.

Development Applications Tracking System

This is both database and a case management system. NPWS have a company, who scans everything into a database, and cases are sent out to the various parts of NPWS to deal with.


NPWS get a lot of Forestry applications (about 1,600 /1700 a year) and they take up a lot of time – planting, felling licenses, aerial fertilization, forest roads

Complexity has increased, not just ecological, but legal / and procedural: ECJ Judgements, ABP rulings, Court decisions, changes to biodiversity legislation, changes to other legal codes (e.g. planning, waste, agriculture, foreshore) at Irish and EU (and indeed international levels), communications/complaints/
guidance from the European Commission, and guidance on Habitats Directive Assessments and Ecological Assessment.

NPWS Regional Ecologists work is taken up almost entirely with development applications

System summary via PQ

https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/question/2018-12-06/287/speech/554/


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