FIE and the 67 groups who joined in its 2002 complaint to the European Commission have found the EU Court's ruling that a fee to comment on planning applications is a 'matter of national law' to be unacceptable.

A spokesman for the organisation said that the Court also failed to address the key issue - that of the polluter pays principle. The Court suggested instead that the fee lies within the 'choice of form and methods' each member state may determine for public participation.

But the restrictions brought in to control objectors by the 2000 Planning Act and later legislation have greatly reduced the value of the protection provided by any of our laws to the natural and built environment. 'A planning system should be open and free. Ireland's, once an example to Europe - is now no longer either.'

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FIE and the 67 groups who joined in its 2002 complaint to the European Commission have found the EU Court's ruling that a fee to comment on planning applications is a 'matter of national law' to be unacceptable.

A spokesman for the organisation said that the Court also failed to address the key issue - that of the polluter pays principle. The Court suggested instead that the fee lies within the 'choice of form and methods' each member state may determine for public participation.

But the restrictions brought in to control objectors by the 2000 Planning Act and later legislation have greatly reduced the value of the protection provided by any of our laws to the natural and built environment. 'A planning system should be open and free. Ireland's, once an example to Europe - is now no longer either.'

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