New planning Bill on the horizon

According to an article published in the Irish Times yesterday, a move by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to tighten up planning regulations and restrict the ability to legally challenge proposed developments has caused outrage among environmental organisations. The Irish Times reports that details of proposed measures were revealed in an email to members of the Oireachtas Committee for Housing, Planning and Local Government in recent days. The Department of Housing have outlined the justification for the Bill that it would like to see passed into law by next Easter. The Bill would effectively go back in time on access to justice rights to challenge poor planning decisions.

The proposed bill will add other restrictions and requirements making it a lot harder for people to object or challenge planning proposals and hamper their access to legally challenge proposed developments. Environmental organisations have been vocal in their criticism of the Minister’s new planning legislations that they consider to be unfair.

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