Re: Re: Section 140 – Judicial Review
The intention of Section 140 was to deal with a situation where sufficient development land wasn’t zoned or if a policy was missing from a development plan then local county councillors could rezone suffcient land or change policies mid-plan.
What has happened in the interim is that development plans have zoned more than enough land and policies have in the main been in line with national or regional policies.
What Section 140 has delivered is Liffey Valley and 100’s if not 1000’s of multi unit residential rezonings that were entirely inappropriate. The key difference is that Section 140 are not open to any scrutinty whatsoever whilst development plans are run through a much more comprehensive process.
I think the only solution is to make councillors apply to An Bord Pleanala for the variations which could be fast tracked within say 3 months