The Department, in accordance with European and national law, undertook a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) of the National Broadband Plan – Intervention Strategy.
SEA is a process by which environmental considerations are integrated into the preparation of plans and programmes prior to their completion. It derives from Directive 2001/42/EEC which has been transposed into Irish law through the European Communities Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programmes Regulations (S.I. 435 of 2004 as amended by S.I. 200 of 2011) and the Planning and Development (Strategic Environmental Assessment) Regulations (S.I. 436 of 2004 as amended by S.I. 201 of 2011). As part of this process the Department has commissioned an environmental report to assess the environmental impacts the Intervention Strategy is likely to have, and proposes measures to mitigate any such impacts.
The EU Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) obliges member states to undertake an 'appropriate assessment' (AA) for any plan or project which may have a likely significant effect on the protection, conservation and management of the habitats and species of conservation interest in all European Sites which include Special Areas of Conservation, designated under the Habitats Directive and Special Protection Areas, designated under the EU Birds Directive (2009/147/EC). The provisions of the EU Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC), as they pertain to the Intervention Strategy have been transposed into Irish law through the Birds and Natural Habitats Regulations, 2011 (S.I. 477 of 2011). The Department has commissioned a Natura Impact Statement (NIS) as part of the AA process to ascertain if the Intervention Strategy could significantly impact on any site designated for conservation. The NIS also proposes measures to mitigate any adverse impacts.
As part of the SEA the Department commissioned an environmental report to assess the likely environmental impacts the Intervention Strategy is likely to have, and to propose measures to mitigate any such impacts.
As part of the AA the Department also commissioned a Natura Impact Statement (NIS) as part of the AA process to ascertain if the Intervention Strategy could significantly impact on any site designated for conservation. The NIS also proposed measures to mitigate any adverse impacts.
The Department published these documents, along with the National Broadband Plan Intervention Strategy as part of the SEA and AA processes. The consultation ran from 2 January 2018 to 9 February 2018. At this time the Department also took the opportunity to consult on the High Speed Broadband Map.
Submissions were made online, by email to NBPenvironmental@dccae.gov.ie or by post to
National Broadband Plan – SEA Public Consultation,
National Broadband Plan Division
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
29-31 Adelaide Road
The Intervention Strategy and consultation documents are available in pdf form below.
The Department received 26 submissions in total as part of this public consultation. 8 of these submissions were incomplete and therefore not published. The remainder are accessible below, with personal information removed. A summary document is also available.
In publishing these documentation the Department refers to the information notice published with the consultation:
"Responses to this consultation are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007-2014. Confidential or commercially sensitive information should be clearly identified in your submission, however parties should also note that any or all responses to the consultation are subject in their entirety to the provisions of the FOI Acts and may be published on the website of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment."
The Department is bound by the Freedom of Information legislation and reserves the right to publish all submissions.