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An Bord Pleanála (Irish pronunciation: [an̪ˠ ˈbˠoɾˠd̪ˠ pʲlʲæˈn̪ˠaːl̪ˠə], meaning "The Planning Board") is an independent, statutory, quasi-judicial body that decides on appeals from planning decisions made by local authorities in Ireland. As of 2007, An Bord Pleanála directly decided major strategic infrastructural projects under the provisions of the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006. The Board also hears applications from local authorities for projects which would have a significant environmental impact. The Board was established by the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act 1976, whose provisions have for the most part been carried over into the Planning and Development Act, 2000.
In a 2009 High Court judicial review, Supreme Court judge Justice John MacMenamin ruled that the Board displayed "objective bias" in its granting of a permission for a landfill in Usk, County Kildare. The judge said the explanations given by the board during the court case were "deeply flawed" and that the reasoning for its decision was "unfathomable". The ruling raises questions about the Board's impartiality and competence. Plans for the Usk landfill were scrapped.