Planning judgment attracts praise for including illustrations

Planning judgment attracts praise for including illustrations

A judgment handed down by the High Court yesterday in a planning dispute has attracted attention for including images of the site and the proposed development at the centre of the case.

The 120-page judgment in Ballyboden Tidy Towns Group v An Bord Pleanala & Ors was authored by Mr Justice David Holland, who was appointed to the High Court last October.

The case involved a community group which successfully quashed An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission for a strategic housing development on a site in Ballyboden, Dublin 16.

An image of the site in question is included on page 3 of the judgment and an illustration of the proposed development is included on page 4. Both images are excerpts from a planning report submitted to the Board.

Dublin solicitor Fred Logue, of FP Logue, said on Twitter that it was “the first time I have seen drawings from the planning application incorporated into a planning judgment – really helps with understanding the context”.

Dr Seán Ó Conaill of UCC School of Law added: “This is an interesting development. Good to see anything that makes the law more accessible.

“Some nice examples of this of late from Irish judgments between this and a judge writing a cover letter to a child involved in a family law case.”

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