Under the AIE Regs to request copies of
1) all Section 50s granted
2) all Section 50s refused
3) all Section 9s granted
4) all Section 9s refused
5) all Section 47s granted
6) all Section 47s refused
Section 50: Arterial Drainage Act, 1945 The consent of the Commissioners is required by bodies and persons proposing to carry out construction/alteration works on bridges and culverts.
Section 9: Arterial Drainage Amendment Act, 1995 The Commissioners may consent to alterations to existing watercourses or structures in Drainage Schemes if the proposed works would not increase the risk of flooding or have a negative impact on drainage of land.
Section 47: Arterial Drainage Act, 1945 Any person planning to erect or alter a weir must first get consent from the Commissioners or all the affected landowners.’
Applications for consents are received across three geographical locations, and Head Office in Trim. They are received in electronic and paper format. While the OPW seek to make a decision on a consent within eight weeks, this is not always possible due to the application contents. The OPW as lead agency for flood risk management in Ireland assess the submitted design proposal, and it may require further communication between parties before a decision may be reached. This may result in the consent being granted some considerable time after the original application date.
Where an application status is marked as ‘request for information’ (RFI), a request from the OPW has issued to the applicant/agent for further/revised information.
The applications and subsequent communications contain large amounts of personal data, and the OPW must be mindful of the General Data Protection Act, when considering the release of data.
List of consents
Construction, Replacement or Alteration of Bridges and Culverts – A Guide to Applying for Consent under Section 50 of the Arterial Drainage Act, 1945
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