Stripe's John Collison slams ‘red tape’ inhibiting Irish planning system

Collison questioned decision to refuse permission for large solar farm in Westmeath, citing ecological damages

John Collison: Stripe co-founder has been a frequent critic of Ireland’s planning authorities in the past. Picture: Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images

John Collison, the co-founder of Stripe, has raised concerns about “red tape” in the Irish planning system.

Earlier this month, Westmeath County Council refused planning permission for a large solar farm on the grounds the project could have a negative “ecological impact” on the area.

In a post on X, the site formerly known as Twitter, Collison questioned the basis of the decision and highlighted it as a case of unnecessary “red tape” in Ireland.