AN Bord Pleanála (ABP), the planning appeals board, has been back in the news this week – yet again for all the wrong reasons. A report on the workings of the board has been referred to the DPP.
Such a move is not good for the perception of the board, or the public’s confidence in it.
Allegations about a board member are being probed, despite that member’s insistence that there was never a conflict of interest regarding any of the board’s decisions.
A growing economy like Ireland’s needs a strong planning and development system and one that the public has rock solid trust in. It is in everyone’s interest that the DPP makes a quick decision on ABP and any recommendations in the report are also enacted ASAP.