Frank McDonald: The ‘Planning Industrial Complex’ is in overdrive in Dublin

Proper planning and sustainable development have effectively been abandoned

Even though Dublin City Council had designated several areas for taller buildings in the city plan, its own planners seem to think they are almost compelled  to approve random eruptions of high-rise buildings wherever developers want to build them.  Photograph: Getty Images

Even though Dublin City Council had designated several areas for taller buildings in the city plan, its own planners seem to think they are almost compelled to approve random eruptions of high-rise buildings wherever developers want to build them. Photograph: Getty Images

Week after week, trolley-loads of documentation are wheeled into the offices of An Bord Pleanála on Dublin’s Marlborough Street full of architects’ drawings, planning consultants’ reports, environmental impact statements and all the rest of it, seeking to justify wild high-rise housing schemes that would change the face and feel of the city forever.

The “planning industrial complex”, as architect Alan Mee has dubbed it, is not just at work in Dublin – it’s in overdrive.

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