DART+ West Public Consultation Process
Public participation remains a key element of the Railway Order application process. An Bord Pleanála, as the competent authority for making a decision on the application, will conduct a statutory public consultation as part of the application . The public could make their submission directly to An Bord Pleanála between 05th August and 28th October in relation to the draft Railway Order.
Following completion of the statutory public consultations, An Bord Pleanála may, at its absolute discretion, hold an oral hearing into the application for a Railway Order, under section 42 of the Act. Members of the public can attend and participate in the oral hearing at the discretion of An Bord Pleanála
The various stages of public participation in the DART+ West project are highlighted in graphical form below:
|Status||Year||Studies and Research||Publications and Milestones||Public Participation|
|Completed||Autumn 2020||Options development and appraisal to support identification of 'emerging preferred option'||Preliminary Option Selection Report and selection of 'emerging preferred option'||Non-statutory public consultation on the 'emerging preferred option'|
|Completed||Spring 2022||Options Selection Report & 'preferred option' confirmation||Option Selection Report and 'preferred option' identification||Non-statutory public consultation on the 'preferred option'|
|Completed||Summer 2022||Complete design appraisal and statutory documents||Design Freeze and planning submission preparation||Stakeholder engagement|
|Completed||Summer 2022||Subject to government approval make planning submission||Issue of Planning submission and railway order documents||An Bord Pleanála statutory consultation|
For further details see the How to Engage / Contact Us section.