What is the future for fast-track planning rules? – The Irish Times

Cairn Homes’ plan to build hundreds of dwellings on former RTÉ lands in Dublin 4 has been thrown into uncertainty after the High Court quashed its fast-track planning permission.

There is no doubt that Cairn will seek fresh approval from An Bord Pleanála to build on the Montrose property it acquired from the State broadcaster four years ago for €107.5 million. But has the case called into question special planning rules to accelerate building and thus bolster the fight against the housing crisis?

The simple answer is that it does not, as no planning precedent is set when An Bord Pleanála concedes in judicial review proceedings as it did in the Cairn case. Yet there is still the possibility of a constitutional challenge to the 2016 law that underpins fast-track planning by the board.

Going directly to the board bypasses local authority planning procedures, reducing the scope for objection and

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