Gormley to review planning in Dublin City

Minister John Gormley said his department would review the how planning laws and policy are being implemented by Dublin City Council.

The Department for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government said it has received representations and submissions on “various planning issues” from NGOs and members of the public are being used to shape the review. No details were given of these planning issues and the NGOs were not named.

A statement from the department said the Minister is to use powers granted to him under section 255 of the Planning Act to undertake the review, which will involve the appointment of independent planning experts to complete the review.

It added that the review will determine whether local authorities are acting in a consistent and transparent manner, and whether they have the correct powers and tools to deliver on their responsibilities.

Dublin City Council was named along with Meath County Council, Carlow County Council, Galway County Council, Cork City Council, and Cork County Council.

“I believe this review is very important in that it comes alongside a range of other planning reforms. A new planning bill is before the Houses of the Oireachtas, and a range of new planning guidelines have been issued in recent years by the department. I am anxious to ensure that these laws and guidelines are implemented in a consistent and transparent manner. This review will be fundamental to ensuring this,” said Minister Gormley.

The councils are to be asked to respond to the issues by mid-July, once this happens the Minister is to then appoint independent planning experts to review the replies and the concerns arise regarding previous practices.

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