St Anne’s development: Fast-track planning process wrong to bypass local communities – Denise Mitchell TD
Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has welcomed the admission by An Bord Pleanála (ABP) that it made an error in approving a large-scale housing development at St Anne’s Park:
“We in Sinn Féin have been on record expressing our serious concerns over the fast-track planning process that led to the initial decision to grant permission. We said at the time when the Bill was making its way through the Dáil that it undermines Local Authorities, exclude citizens and local communities from the planning process and impedes the building of sustainable communities. Today’s news from the High Court has clearly vindicated that view.
“Sinn Féin is not against housing developments, and we want to see the creation and development of sustainable communities in our city. However, the initial decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission for such a large development flew in the face of Dublin City Council’s Development Plan which clearly designated the lands for institutional and community use. ABP also accepted that it had made an error in an assessment it carried out under the EU Habitats Directive.”
The Sinn Féin TD and the party’s five local councillors had previously written to ABP expressing their concerns over the development.
Clontarf ward Councillor Ciarán O’Moore added:
“I want to commend the residents and the I Love St Anne’s group who took this Judicial Review however they should not have had to do that. The new fast-track planning process totally disregards the views and concerns of local communities, and that is simply not acceptable.”