More fast-track planning won’t fix dysfunctional housing market

Government needs to tread carefully when it comes to replacing the Strategic Housing Development application system

The fast-track system was established in 2017 and allowed developers  to bypass local authorities and apply directly to An Bord Pleanála for planning.

The fast-track system was established in 2017 and allowed developers to bypass local authorities and apply directly to An Bord Pleanála for planning.

News that the Government is planning to bring an early end to the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) planning application system comes as no surprise.

It was one in a long list of reactionary policy measures by Fine Gael-led governments over the past decade to try and solve the housing crisis that has failed to substantially move the dial.

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