July 6th, 2018

The board of Twinlite make the following statement in relation to legal proceedings taken against An Bord Pleanala regarding the development site at Castlepark Road:

We are surprised and disappointed that two individuals have taken it upon themselves to try to prevent the development that has been granted permission by An Bord Pleanala at our site at Castlepark Road by resorting to the judicial review process.  This site has been vacant for many years, Twinlite have spent the last 18 months designing and obtaining consent for a building that takes account of the extreme sensitivities of its surroundings, which would, when built, provide much needed apartment accommodation for the area.

As the case is now before the Courts, no further direct comment on the matter will be made, however, Twinlite wish to further state that the use of the judicial review process to halt development is, in our view, a serious problem in the construction industry and one which further points to our planning system being in disarray and not fit for purpose.  With a planning process already taking more than a year, the rise in the number of judicial reviews being taken will dramatically reduce the ability of the industry to deliver large numbers of homes that are vitally needed.  Without serious action by Government to tackle this issue, Ireland’s economic recovery will be put at increased risk, while we as a society condemn an entire generation to an era of rising rents and an inability to afford to purchase their own home.