€7 million for school site amounts to “outrageous windfall for developer – planning laws must be changed”
Labour Party Councillor Patrick Nulty has said that residents in Dublin 15 will be “stunned, shocked and amazed” that the taxpayer is going to have to ‘fork out over €7 million for the permanent school site for Luttrelstown Community College at Kellystown-Porterstown.
“While it is welcome that a deal for a permanent school site has been secured it is quite unbelievable that it is costing so much. This fee was negotiated three years and it is at celtic tiger prices”.
“When Fianna Fail and Fine Gael teamed up to force through the rezoning of Kellystown the Labour Party argued that massive residential zonings should not be foisted on the community as a condition for school sites”.
“Now it appears the developers are able to get their cake and eat it. Not only has massive residential zoning occurred which may not be built on for some time but they have also pocketed €7 million for a school site which is totally out of sink with today’s economic conditions”.
“It is appalling that communities can still be held to ransom in this way to secure school sites and I believe that the next Minister for Environment should consider amending Part V of the Planning and Development Act to ensure school sites and community facilities should be given to communities in new developments at the outset”.
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