Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the publication of a new Planning Bill by the Minister for the Environment, John Gormley TD. O’Gorman stated that the bill contained new provisions that were designed to tackle many of the planning problems that had been encountered over the last fifteen years.
“I am delighted to see the publication of this new Planning Bill. It will make a large number of key changes to the existing law and tackle many of the problems currently within the planning process”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“The provision of schools has been the area where Dublin 15 has suffered most as a result of bad planning and greed by developers. The new bill addresses school site provision in a number of ways. All new commercial developments will be subject to financial levies which will be ring fenced for the provision of new school facilities for the local community. Further, local authorities must when assessing new planning applications, be able to identify appropriate school sites and facilities for at least every 200 new residential units proposed”.
“The new bill also takes measures to ensure that councillors do not ‘over-zone’ land. Planning Authorities will be unable to zone land for development in a manner which is not consistent with national policy. This will prevent over zoning and will prohibit developers and vested interests having an improper undue influence on the councillors during the zoning of land. Also, councillors will be strictly forbidden from including last minute zoning in development plans or local area plans at Council Meetings which have not been subject to prior public consultation and scrutiny”.
“The new Planning Bill contains a wide range of other legislative changes to open the planning process to the public and to ensure that bad planning decisions are avoided. It is a great shame that many of these changes were not introduced a few years ago, before Dublin 15 underwent the huge housing boom it has experienced over the last few years”.
“However, with work starting on the new Fingal Development Plan over the next two years, the new Planning Bill will give the new Council elected in June the opportunity to avoid many of the mistakes of the past and to ensure that planning decisions are taken for the good of our community and provide us with the infrastructure such as schools that we so desperately need”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777