PA invests in new enforcement tools including specialised drone
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New technological tools to further assist its officers in their enforcement duties have been acquired by the Compliance and Enforcement Directorate within the Planning Authority.
The PA said that these include a specialised drone to gather baseline data and access remote areas. Following intense training delivered by an Irish aviation expert on the theoretical and air safety aspects of drone flying, the Authority has started to deploy the drone in particular enforcement cases.
The gathered data is be used for 3D imaging, volumetric calculations and better direct action planning.
Other items procured by the Authority were new communications equipment and live on-site information devices.
The Authority said that last year it carried out 49 direct actions, 22 of which were carried out on sites within the development zones and a further 27 on sites outside the development zone (ODZ). These direct actions have cost the Authority over €110,000.
It added that these expenses will be recovered from the contravenors themselves. An additional 67 cases were closed off after the contravenors agreed to remove the illegal developments themselves just prior to the Authority moving in. A total of 315 enforcement notices were issued by the Authority in 2017, 192 on sites located within the development zones and 123 on Outside Development Zone sites.