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A SECOND relative of An Bord Pleanála chair got green light in appeal

 29th May 2022

Asecond successful planning appeal by a relative of An Bord Pleanála’s deputy chairman Paul Hyde is being examined as part of an internal audit of cases linked to the senior planning official, Extra.ie can reveal.

The appeal was lodged with the national planning authority by a close relative a year before the wife of Mr Hyde’s younger brother secured a separate planning victory against Dublin City Council.

This case has not yet been included in the investigation ordered by Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien into possible conflicts of interest at the national planning authority.

However, Extra.ie has learned that An Bord Pleanála (ABP) officials will decide this week whether the awarding of this appeal will be referred to the ministerial-ordered investigation. Official minutes of the meeting at which ABP ruled in favour of Mr Hyde’s relative show he did not vote on the appeal or attend the meeting.

Mr Hyde has temporarily stepped aside from his job while possible conflicts of interest are reviewed.tch)

But a spokesman for the planning authority confirmed he has not yet been questioned about the appeal involving a second relative.

The spokesman told Extra.ie: ‘An Bord Pleanála is conscious of the need to maintain the highest level of public confidence and trust in the board and in its independence, impartiality and transparency of its operations. In that regard it has established an internal team of senior management personnel to examine a number of decided cases where public commentary has raised issues and concerns around the procedures applied in those cases. It is envisaged that this group will complete its examination within the next four weeks.’

There are similarities between the two successful appeals taken by Mr Hyde’s relatives in 2020 and 2021.

Both centred on decisions made by Dublin City Council over how two older homes in the upmarket south Dublin suburb of Sandymount could be refurbished. In both cases, the local authority granted planning permission for extensions to be built, but these were subject to conditions. And when Mr Hyde’s relatives appealed to ABP they were successful in overturning the local authority’s decision.

In the first case lodged with ABP in July 2020, Mr Hyde’s relative sought to almost double the size of a semi-detached house by adding four extensions – a two-storey structure to the side of the house, as well as single two and three-storey extensions, including a ‘tower’ and a mezzanine floor in the master bedroom.

Dublin City Council granted permission for the house to be extended, subject to conditions. These included removing an ‘informal dining’ area, reducing a single-storey extension by 2.3m, removing a mezzanine floor and reducing the size of a dormer window.

But when Mr Hyde’s relative disputed these conditions, ABP ruled the development could go ahead if the mezzanine floor was removed and if the height of the ‘tower’ was reduced. It also ruled that his relative could install a larger dormer window. Details of this second case follow the publication of a report revealing Mr Hyde signed off on an appeal lodged by his brother’s wife without declaring he had a personal connection with the case.

This appeal was lodged by Caroline Barron who co-owns a house in Sandymount, with husband Stefan Hyde.

Extra.ie previously revealed how Stefan Hyde – who works both as a consultant for ABP and for developers seeking ABP planning permission – did not declare interests as required. His firm was involved in at least seven applications signed off by his brother.

Extra.ie also previously revealed how Paul Hyde did not declare his ownership of an apartment in Cork for three consecutive years and has never declared his 25% stake in a property company called H2O Property Holding

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