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Property developer says Ireland’s planning system is outlier in Europe and needs to be streamlined

Jamie O'Hara
Jamie O'Hara

01:44 23 May 2024

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A property developer says Ireland’s planning system is an outlier in Europe and needs to be streamlined.

Michael O’Flynn says planning delays ultimately lead to increased prices for home buyers at a time when the country is experiencing a severe shortage of housing.

The Housing Commission report says policy making has been reactive and there has been a failure to treat housing as a critical priority.

Speaking to RedFM news, Michael O’Flynn is on the commission and says you can’t fix something until you admit it’s a problem:

"No other country in Europe allows the principle of a development to be appealed by an individual at the end stage. I'd hoped the new Planning Bill would deal with it but I don't think it is. Once you have a system that's become quite legal, and I'm not in any way saying people haven't got legal rights or legal access, but the difficulty is we're dealing with delays. At the end of the day, all delays are paid for by the end purchaser".


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