Housing Minister snubbed Bartra request to tell councils to be ‘more positive’ on housing

Darragh O’Brien declined the property developer’s request to issue a circular to local authorities over the rate of refusal of residential planning applications

Darragh O’Brien: Housing Minister told Bartra it could appeal to An Bord Pleanála if it was unhappy with a planning decision. Credit: Rollingnews

Darragh O’Brien refused a request from Bartra to instruct local authorities to have a “more positive attitude” to planning applications for residential developments, correspondence shows.

The Business Post reported earlier this month that the property developer had complained directly to the Housing Minister over what it called the “overly prescriptive” approach of South Dublin County Council to proposals for new housing developments in a particular area.

Bartra cited figures, which it collated itself, claiming that ...