Trailford Limited had applied for permission to An Bord Pleanála to develop 661 residential units and neighbourhood facilities through the new fast track strategic housing development (SHD) procedure. The High Court found that An Bord Pleanála did not adequately consider the effects that the proposed development could have on bird species, such as the Lapwing and Golden Plover, in the Boyne Estuary Special Protection Area. An Bord Pleanála’s screening out of potential significant effects on four nearby Natura 2000 sites was also found to be in error.
New SHD fast track procedure
Trailford Limited applied for permission under legislation providing for a fast-track planning procedure where developers can bypass the local planning authority and apply directly to An Bord Pleanála for permission. This is under the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act, 2016 for substantial housing developments which fall within the ambit of the definition of “strategic housing
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