Community Places welcomes the High Court decision made earlier today that the planning process which led to the granting of planning permission for the redevelopment of Casement Park was unlawful. Colm Bradley, our Director, said:
“We gave professional planning advice to the Residents’ Association (MORA) and the residents of both the immediate area and the wider west Belfast area from the outset. This ensured that their voices were heard and their views represented during both the planning application process and this judicial review. The dedication and resilience of the members of the Association has been remarkable throughout their long campaign.
This case highlights the great need there is for our free, independent Planning Advice Service which helps disadvantaged communities and people to access, understand and effectively participate in the planning process. Our front line Service is particularly important when disadvantaged communities are met with large-scale, complex, technical planning proposals that will potentially impact and alter the fabric and function of their neighbourhoods.
This decision of the court is a victory for MORA and the residents of greater west Belfast as well as community groups across the region in their endeavours to exercise their right to meaningful consultation and participation in the planning process. “