Cork County Council became the first local authority to launch a free app for people who want to get information on planning applications when they launched their ‘Planning Viewer Cork’ app in December 2014. The app which is available for both Android and iOS devices, allows people search a vast array of planning applications and associated documents from their device.
The app works with Google Maps and Streetview to allow a person to get a virtual reality view of where a house, business premises or factory is proposed. The app enables the public to view up-to-date information regarding planning applications lodged, and see the documents and drawings submitted with them. The app also contains summaries of all planning applications lodged with the county council from 1991 to the present day and former town councils from 1993 to June 2014, when they were disbanded. People will also be able to access drawings and documents on all applications received on or after September 5, 2011, and view reports and decision details.
Larger documents such as Environmental Impact Statements are not suitable for viewing via the app. These documents can be viewed through the online Planning Enquiry System at www.corkcoco.ie or by visiting the planning office in person.