The scope for this assignment was:
Referring to an EIS on a proposed piggery that you have reviewed, comment on how effectively it deals with the following areas:1.
The assessment of impacts arising from the proposed development that could pose athreat (direct or indirect) to the health and/or safety of the local community.2.
Impact mitigation and monitoring.
Under Article 28 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001-2006, the planningauthority must give notice to specific bodies of planning applications received. Under Section 24of the Planning and Development Act 2000 and also under Section 6 of the Planning and
Development Regulations 2001, the Health Service Executive is deemed to be a “
This means that they are to be informed when a planning application is made which mayhave a considerable impact on the health of the public. Also under Irish Planning Legislation theHSE is considered to be a consultee, meaning they have a vested interest in particular projects.As the main group in Ireland whose duty it is for health services, care and health promotion, theHSE has a rightful interest in the planning procedure so they can improve any negative healthimpacts.One particular HSE Department which receives the EIS is the Environmental HealthDepartment. The EIS gives information which the local authority uses to decide whether or notto grant planning permission. The same information is then used by the HSE to assess thesuitability of the proposed project and its effects. The remarks from the HSE may then used bythe planning authority to make its decision. 60% of remarks are used by the planning authoritywhen making their decisions.
EIS’ are received by EHO’s from a number of different sources, including:
Submissions as part of a planning application put forward to local authorities. The
Environmental Health Department is sent these EIS’ for comment and review.
Planning objections received by An Bord Pleanála. The Bord then seeks advice froma number of public bodies including the HSE.
EIS’ submitted as part of a Strategic Infrastructural Development (SID) application.
EIS’ are constructed in order to foresee and avert impacts in a method which is the basis of all
work “prevention is better that a cure”
An EHO’s role in terms of EIAs and EIS’s is purely advisory but it is still a valuable role nonethe less. EHO’s have a wide range of knowledge and this is why planning authority’s seek their
opinions on such matters. The Environmental Health Officer has the potential to influence a