Planning approval for more than 1,400 new homes in south Dublin to be scrapped – The Irish Times

Planning approval for more than 1,400 new homes in south Dublin will be canceled after An Bord Pleanála admitted three lawsuits linked to work carried out by its former deputy chairman, Paul Hyde.

The planning authority is no longer contesting legal action taken against fast-track approval it granted for large apartment schemes in Killiney, Blackrock and Milltown. ABP’s move “followed An Bord Pleanála’s receipt and consideration of legal advice from its legal agents”, the body said in response to questions.

“This is in response to amended reasons submitted in those cases that the involvement of a board member in decision-making in the cases raised questions of objective bias due to a family connection between that board member and someone involved in the planning application process. “

Sir. Hyde was chairman of the ABP department responsible for fast-track housing before stepping down in July.

When controversy erupted over his work in the spring, questions were raised about cases before ABP involving his brother Stefan Hyde, a fire safety expert. These included some cases where Stefan Hyde was a consultant to ABP and others where expedited applications included documentation from Stefan Hyde.

Paul Hyde has always denied any wrongdoing when faced with allegations of impropriety in his work.

ABP’s move to concede the Killiney and Blackrock cases appeared in court on Monday, but the planning authority had told litigants of their decisions last week. Participants in the Milltown action were also notified last week.

In a separate development on Monday, the Department of Housing received formal notification from the Crown Prosecution Service of its decision to initiate criminal proceedings against Paul Hyde at Dublin District Court. He is charged under the Planning and Development Act in relation to allegations that he has given false information to ABP.

The department said: “We are aware that proceedings have been opened against Mr Hyde. The DPP has requested that the report by Mr Remy Farrell SC not be published or otherwise released until the proceedings are concluded.”

Asked whether the Killiney, Blackrock and Milltown decisions were linked to prosecutions, An Bord Pleanála said: “The decision on the concessions was made last week and was not related in any way shape or form to the process before the DPP.”

The Killiney application was for 248 flats and seven houses. The Blackrock application was for 493 flats in Temple Hill, Monkstown. The Milltown application was for 671 build-to-let flats at Milltown Park, Sandford Road, Dublin 6.

The planning authority also admitted three other cases not linked to Mr Hyde: a fast-track project for 333 homes in Clane, Co Kildare; a Co Cork wind farm; and a primary care center and commercial/retail development in Blarney, Co Cork.

The ABP said: “It is An Bord Pleanála’s long-standing position that where it receives and considers legal advice to admit any judicial review proceedings, and it accepts that advice, it will then promptly advise the parties to the proceedings and the court thereof. and bring the proceedings to an end , without the need for a contested hearing, which saves the court’s time and minimizes legal costs for everyone involved.”

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