Problems with fast-track planning rules caused the refusal for 536 homes beside St Anne's Park in Dublin, according to experts.

The scheme for 104 houses and 432 apartments in Raheny was initially granted planning permission by An Bord Pleanála but this was quashed following a High Court case by a local objector because of the effect on migrating geese.

In a new judgment today the board agreed that there was not enough information on the effects of displacement of winter feeding brent geese and formally refused permission.

Details like this can cause the whole application to fail because of time limits imposed by the Strategic Housing Development legislation which is designed to speed up the planning process, according to planning experts.

According to a spokesperson for the Irish Planning Institute under traditional planning procedures the board could have made a request for further information.

But because the board has to make a decision within 16 weeks under the Strategic Housing Development rules it has no choice but to refuse permission if there is an issue with the application.

The fast-track planning allows applications for developments of over 100 homes or 200 student bed spaces to bypass local authorities and go straight to An Bord Pleanála.

When the board initially gave the permission for the Raheny development last April developer Pat Crean, CEO of Marlet, said he was delighted and commented that the planning process had taken a total of 13 weeks.

The development company will now have to make a new application if the scheme is to go ahead.

A similar issue arose last January when the board refused permission for 927 homes at Clay Farm in Leopardstown, ruling that the there was not enough information in relation to storm water management.

An Bord Pleannála issued a 'One Year On' report last August on the fast-track planning stating that it had resulted in permission for 4,380 housing units and 4,085 student bed spaces over the previous year.