Burke orders South Dublin council to scrap plans for ban on new data centres

Minister of State for Housing made rare intervention criticising councillors for plans to zone data centres as ‘not permitted’

Peter Burke: the Minister of State for Housing told councillors the new draft development plan was ‘inconsistent with national and regional policy objectives specified in the National Planning Framework’. Picture: RollingNews

Peter Burke has directly intervened to order South Dublin County Council to scrap plans for an effective ban on data centres in the area, the Business Post has learned.

The Minister of State for Housing wrote to the council’s chief executive criticising its decision to stipulate that data centres were “not permitted” in areas zoned for employment in its draft development plan.

He issued a draft ministerial direction telling councillors to overturn the move, and ...