Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963

Development by planning authority, etc.

77.—(1) A planning authority may develop or secure the development of land and, in particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, may—

(a) secure, facilitate and control the improvement of the frontage of any public road by widening, opening, enlarging or otherwise improving,

(b) develop any land in the vicinity of any road or bridge which it is proposed to improve or construct,

(c) provide areas with roads and such services and works as may be needed for development,

(d) provide areas of convenient shape for development,

(e) secure or carry out, as respects obsolete areas, the development or renewal thereof and the provision therein of open spaces,

(f) secure the preservation of any view or prospect, any structure or natural physical feature, any trees subject to a tree preservation order, any site of geological, ecological or archaeological interest or any flora or fauna subject to a conservation order.

(2) A planning authority may provide—

(a) sites for the establishment or relocation of industries, businesses (including hotels, motels and guest-houses), dwellings, offices, shops, schools, churches and other community facilities and of such buildings, premises, dwellings, parks and structures as are referred to in paragraph (b) of this subsection,

(b) factory buildings, office premises, shop premises, dwellings, amusement parks and structures for the purpose of entertainment, caravan parks, buildings for the purpose of providing accommodation, meals and refreshments, buildings for providing trade and professional services and advertisement structures,

(c) any services which they consider ancillary to anything which is referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection and which they have provided,

and may maintain and manage any such site, building, premises, dwelling, park, structure or service and may make any charges which they consider reasonable in relation to the provision, maintenance or management thereof.

(3) A planning authority may, in connection with any of their functions under this Act, make and carry out arrangements with any person or body for the development or management of land.

(4) For avoidance of doubt it is hereby declared that the powers which a planning authority may exercise pursuant to section 10 of the Local Government (No. 2) Act, 1960 , with respect to compulsory acquisition for the purposes of any of their functions under this Act apply in relation to anything which is specified in subsection (1) of section 2 of this Act as being included in “land”.