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No evidence to support IBEC planning demands – Ó Broin

15 January, 2019 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has labelled the IBEC publication on planning reforms published today as “predictable” and “disappointing”.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The IBEC report today contains no evidence to support its long shopping list of developer friendly changes to planning legislation.

“In fact, since this government came to power, very significant pro-developer changes have been made to the planning legislation.

“This includes the fast-tracking of developments of more than 100 units straight to An Bord Pleanála, the granting of a third extension of planning permission, the lifting of height restrictions and the reduction in apartment standards, dual aspect requirements, and size, and car parking provision.

“The introduction of these significant changes has not led to any significant increase in private sector housing supply.

“The IBEC report makes reference to, but fails to provide details of, the length of time it takes to make planning decisions. Any analysis IBEC has on this, they should publish.

“Many local authority planners will actually tell you that it is poor quality planning applications and delays in developers responding to requests for more information that delays planning decisions.

“Our planning system is not perfect and, of course, should be subject to sensible reforms. However, we should never go back to the developer-led planning policy that led to the housing bubble and subsequent crash in 2008.

“Organisations such as IBEC damage their own credibility by publishing reports containing no evidence to substantiate its claims.

“The organisation’s suggested changes to the planning law would reduce transparency without guaranteeing any worthwhile improvements to the built environment.” 

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