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Ó Broin urges caution on fast track planning proposals

10 June, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoin Ó Broin has urged Minister Simon Coveney to exercise caution in his plans to adopt new fast track planning procedures.

Speaking this morning, Deputy Ó Broin said:

“I would strongly urge Minister Coveney to exercise caution in introducing fast track planning laws.

“Undoubtedly, the planning process can be cumbersome and it does need to be streamlined, made more transparent, and user friendly.

“I also agree that long delays in some projects can cause problems.

“However, local communities have the right to engage in the planning process, especially for big building projects that may have a significant impact in their area.

“I would strongly urge the Minister to consider greater pre-planning engagement between developers, planners, and local communities as this can often iron out issues that otherwise can cause significant planning delays.

“The real delay in getting real social housing building off the ground is the laborious procurement process. Reforming this process would be a lot more beneficial for local authorities and the department.

“Minister Coveney has a delicate balance to strike between providing adequate funding, streamlining planning and reforming the procurement process. Tackling one of these issues in isolation will not solve the problem.” 

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