Planning refusal for controversial agent

Wednesday 18 May 2005 16.50
Planning refusal for controversial agent

An Bord Pleanála has refused planning permission to another project submitted by the controversial planning agent David Grant, who claims to be a qualified architect and is based at Ballsbridge in south Dublin.

Mr Grant was the subject of a recent RTÉ Prime Time programme which found that his refusal rate in Fingal Council was 67% of all applications submitted.

In Dublin City Council, he had a three times higher rate of refusal than any other architect. His rate of refusal at An Bord Pleanála was also described as abysmal.

In this latest decision, the board refused to overturn a decision by Dublin City Council to refuse permission for a series of works on Georgian buildings on Upper Gardiner Street, which were protected structures.

The board described the alterations proposed as inappropriate, and considered the cumulative effect of the works would have an adverse impact on the integrity, character and setting of the protected structures.

It also found there was a lack of precise information submitted in connection with the planning application which were required under the Planning and Development Regulations, 2001.

The buildings were subject of a High Court order relating to Mr Grant's unlawful gutting of four Georgian protected structures.