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Wednesday 18 September 2019

No way to halt development, council told

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Ryan Nugent

Ryan Nugent

Dublin City Council (DCC) has no way of blocking the controversial development of 500 homes in north Dublin, after receiving legal advice on the matter.

Council chief Owen Keegan had sought legal advice on whether DCC could request a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála's decision to grant permission for the development.

Mr Keegan had recommended that the planning application for the Crekav Trading-led project at St Paul's College, Raheny, be rejected.

"The proposed development is not considered to be consistent with the Dublin Development Plan 2016-2022 and with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area," he said.

In March, planning permission was granted for 104 houses and 436 apartments.

However, Senior Counsel Conleth Bradley concluded that it is not open to DCC to challenge the validity of the decision.

It's understood this is due to a fast-track system put in place by former Housing Minister Simon Coveney in 2016 which meant developments of more than 100 flats go directly to an Bord Pleanála and bypass DCC.

Irish Independent

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