Fianna Fáil Senator Aidan Davitt is urging the Department of Housing to consider extending the expiry date of all planning permissions for two years. 

 Senator Davitt commented, “Implementing this measure will greatly assist the construction industry and the ongoing housing crisis at this time of uncertainty.” 

 Senator Davitt has wrote to Minister Darragh O’Brien TD for Housing, Local Government and Heritage and Minister Peter Burke requesting they seek legal clarity from the Attorney General, if the department can implement this vital measure immediately.  

 Currently Housing delivery has falling by 800 homes a week due to Covid-19 related restrictions on the construction sector and additional time must be secured for site enabling works and delivery of critical infrastructure to enable final housing production. 

 Senator Davitt added: “This measure is urgently needed to secure delivery of housing from needless bureaucratic delays of relodging planning permission applications and if implemented it will assist delivery of housing nationwide.”