Press Release 

Dublin City Council Motion calls for Dockland Planning powers to be revokedIndependent Councillor describes DDDA powers as “Draconian and discredited”
 

Tonight’s Dublin City Council meeting heard a motion on the revoking of the DDDA’S planning powers.  The motion proposedThat Dublin City Council calls upon the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to revoke the planning powers of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority under the Dublin Docklands Development Authority Act 1997 and that those planning powers are transferred to Dublin City Council.”    

An amendment proposed by Independent Councillor Cieran Perry read “That Dublin City Council calls upon the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to revoke the planning powers of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority under the Dublin Docklands Development Authority Act 1997 and that Dublin City Council becomes the planning authority in the Docklands areas, under planning powers as standard across the city.”

Explaining the importance of the amendment, Councillor Cieran Perry stated:

 “I proposed this amendment because I do not want any misunderstanding of what is intended. The DDDA had excessive planning powers – there was no transparency, decisions were fast tracked, residents and others were excluded from commenting and there was no appeals process. I wanted it clear that the intention was not to transfer draconian and discredited powers from one body to another, but rather that the Docklands area should be subject to the same planning standards as apply to the rest of the city, administered by Dublin City Council.”

Councillor Perry did however note that some of the bad planning decisions in the Docklands were made by Dublin City Council, and highlighted the original Spencer Dock development as an example. In reference to this, Councillor Perry noted that: “The abuse of planning powers is one thing, but bad planning policy can also be disastrous for a community, and we cannot pretend that the DDDA had a monopoly on this” 

Councillor Cieran Perry also praised the Dockland communities who had tried to highlight planning abuses in the past, Councillor Perry felt that the motion

“Represents a vindication for community activists in the Docklands, who spent many years challenging the abuses by the DDDA and trying to draw attention to what was taking place.” He went on to add: “It is a pity for all of us that residents in East Wall and North Wall were not listened to, as far back as 1999 when they started voicing their concerns, but I’m sure they feel it’s better late than never .”  

Councillor Perry believes that the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) should be completely disbanded, but expressed concerns that the local residents should not be made suffer because of this:

“I believe the removal of the planning powers of the DDDA should be part of a disbanding of the DDDA in its entirety. However, it must be remembered that the re-development promised so much to the community and much of this has still not been delivered. We cannot throw the baby out with the bath water either, and if the DDDA is disbanded there must be a guarantee that locals will not suffer and that the promised community gain will be protected”.