Planning judgment attracts praise for inclusion of illustrations

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A High Court judgment yesterday in a town planning dispute drew attention for including images of the site and the proposed development at the center of the case.

The 120-page judgment in Ballyboden group Tidy Towns vs. An Bord Pleanala & Ors was written by Judge David Holland, who was appointed to the High Court last October.

The case involved a community group that successfully overturned An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant a building permit for strategic real estate development at a site in Ballyboden, Dublin 16.

An image of the site in question is included on page 3 of the judgment and an illustration of the proposed development is included on page 4. Both images are excerpts from an urban planning report submitted to the Commission.

Dublin lawyer Fred Logue, of FP Logue, said on twitter that this was “the first time I saw drawings from the planning app incorporated into a planning judgment – really helps to understand the context.”

Dr Seán Ó Conail from UCC Law School added: “It’s an interesting development. It’s good to see everything that makes the law more accessible.

“Some good examples of these latest Irish judgments between that and a judge writing a cover letter to a child involved in a family law case.”

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