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Fine Gael’s Planning Bill will cut the Public out of Planning Process

Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall has warned that the Government are trying to force the public out of the planning process. The Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016, which is currently going through the Dáil, will allow developments of at least 100 houses, or 200 bed student accommodation, to skip the local authority planning process and go straight to An Bórd Pleaná. Commenting on the bill, Deputy Shortall said;

“If Fine Gael’s new rules are passed, all they will do is make it easier for developers to maximise their profits, instead of building the sort of sustainable communities people want to live in.”

“We’re in the midst of a housing crisis throughout the city, but the answer isn’t to make it easier for developers to railroad large scale projects through the planning process. We’ve all seen the impact poor planning has had on communities, and where we pay a high price to correct past mistakes. We need to ensure the people most affected by new developments have the opportunity to play an active role in the process. That way we can develop the city with a long term view, rather than storing up problems for the future.”