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Belfast High Court quashes Casement
18 Dec 2014 16:04
The High Court in Belfast has quashed the decision to grant planning permission to the GAA to turn Casement Park into a 38,000-seat stadium.
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Earlier this week, the judge had ruled that the planning permission for the west Belfast arena was unlawful and now the GAA will have to submit a new application to re-start the process.
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Tom Daly, chairman of the Casement Park Project Board said: “Whilst we are disappointed with today's judgement, we are fully committed to transforming Casement Park and building a provincial stadium for Ulster, which will provide a longstanding legacy for Gaelic Games as well as significant, social and economic benefits.
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“We welcome that the judgement found the siting, size and scale of the Casement Park development were not contrary to planning policy.
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"There is a strong resolve within the GAA to submit a new planning application in 2015, which will again follow the due process and scrutiny of the Department of the Environment."
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A redeveloped Casement Park has been proposed as a venue for Ireland's 2023 Rugby World Cup bid.
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Earlier this week, Northern Ireland's Environment Minister acted unlawfully in approving the redevelopment of Casement Park, a High Court judge in Belfast ruled.
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Mr Justice Horner held that the decision-making process around Mark H Durkan's decision to grant planning permission for the £77m redevelopment was "irretrievably flawed".
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Funding for the development is being split, with £62m coming from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and £15m from the GAA.
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