The head of Ireland’s planning regulator has dismissed as “unhelpful and inaccurate” accusations suggesting its approach is “an assault on rural democracy”.
Niall Cussen, chief executive of the Office of the Planning Regulator, said such accusations seem to be “harking back to a previous and darker era of planning in this country”.
The OPR, which was first established in 2019 as an overseer of decisions made by both An Bord Pleanála and the local planning authorities, had been accused last month by independent Wexford TD Verona Murphy of endorsing a “Karl Marx policy” of forcing people to live in high-density settings.
Ms Murphy had described as “Stalinist” the OPR’s decision to reject the Co Wexford Development Plan.
Addressing the Oireachtas Housing Committee, Mr Cussen said the OPR encourages a plan-led approach to rural development aimed specifically at the “renewal of many smaller towns and villages facing a very uncertain future”.
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