Prisons Act 2007

Notice of development.

20.— (1) On receipt of the documents mentioned in section 19 (4), the Minister shall give notice of the development to—

(a) the planning authority or authorities for the area where the development is to be situated,

(b) members of the public,

(c) the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, and

(d) if the development or any part thereof is adjacent to or on the foreshore, the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.

(2) The Minister shall cause a copy of the notice to be laid before each House of the Oireachtas.

(3) Notice of the development shall be given to members of the public by placing—

(a) a notice or notices on the site so that it or they is or are easily visible from the public roadway, and

(b) by placing a notice in at least one daily newspaper and one other newspaper in circulation in the area concerned.

(4) If the development is likely to have significant effects on the environment of another party to the Espoo Convention, the Minister shall give notice of the development to the appropriate authority in that state and proceed in other respects in accordance—

(a) with the Convention, and

(b) if the other state is a member state of the European Union, with Article 7 of the Council Directive as if that Article applied, with the necessary modifications, in relation to the development.

(5) In this section—

“ Council Directive ” means Council Directive 85/337/EEC of 27 June 1985 on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment 1 , as amended by Council Directive 97/11/EC of 3 March 1997 2 ;

“ Espoo Convention ” means the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context, done at Espoo (Finland) on 25 February 1991.

1 OJ L 175, 5.7.1985, p. 40

2 OJ L 73, 14.3.1997, p. 5