Planning Guardian dismisses most complaints

The state planning agency received more than 100 complaints from citizens, politicians and action groups last year, but was only able to investigate a dozen of them.

Figures from the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) show that 101 formal complaints were received, but 89 could not be acted upon, mainly because they fell outside the purview of the regulator.

The complaints concerned violations of building permits, corruption and false information in files.

There were seven complaints against Dublin City Council and Wicklow County Council, six each against Waterford Council, Kerry County Council and Cork County Council.

Of the 101 complaints, six came from politicians, 77 from the public, 15 from business organizations and three from non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Of the 12 complaints that were investigated, only one was confirmed and six were unconfirmed, according to the planning authority.

Another case was referred to another public body, two were “dismissed” by the complainant and two are still under preliminary examination. The only one that was confirmed related to a delay in the release of planning documents by County Council for Kerry.

A spokesman for the planning regulator’s office said a significant number of complaints related to local authority planning decisions and enforcement or development plans, both of which were outside their jurisdiction.

“Nevertheless, every communication we receive helps us identify recurring issues of concern to the public, which has influenced our broader research, public awareness and education programs,” the spokesperson said. Planning Guardian dismisses most complaints

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