The Marine Planning and Develop Management Bill (MPDM Bill), currently being put in place by the government, will fundamentally transform how Ireland manages its marine space. The new regime will streamline arrangements on the basis of a single consent principle i.e. one state consent (Maritime Area Consent) to enable occupation of the Maritime Area and one development consent (planning permission), with a single environmental assessment.
Under the MPDM Bill, we will be required to apply to An Bord Pleanála for planning permission for this proposal. Public consultation, Environmental Impact Assessment and Appropriate Assessment will be undertaken before planning permission is granted.