Esri Ireland have announced that the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is launching a new open data web service on its digital mapping platform.
The National Planning Application Database provides information on almost 300,000 planning applications across the country.
It is accessible to any member of the public.
Eamonn Doyle, CTO of Esri Ireland said:
“The launch of the National Planning Application Database signifies a key phase in the development of a national data infrastructure that will prove enormously beneficial to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, An Bord Pleanála and members of the public.
“For the first time, stakeholders and other interested parties will have access to a visual representation of planned development throughout Ireland, enabling them to track development and contributing to more efficient national infrastructure planning in the future.”
Members of the public can now access and review information about planned developments as far back as 2010.
At present, there are 31 local authorities in Ireland responsible for the provision of a planning authority function.
These authorities create and collect planning applications and assign coordinates to each application.
However, prior to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government’s implementation of the database there was no standard mechanism in place to manage the storage of planning application data.