Residents try to block plans for €50m luxury apartments in Dublin 4
A group of Dublin 4 residents are trying block plans by a property firm backed by Irish businessman Denis O'Brien from constructing a new €50m luxury apartment block development in Donnybrook.
Last month, Dublin City Council gave the go-ahead to Gibraltar-registered Purleigh Holdings Ltd to construct 71 apartments in five standalone white pavilion blocks at Greenfield, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.
The development consists of five four-storey block apartments with wrap-around balconies made up of 56 two bed, 14 three-bed and one four-bedroom apartments.
In 2010, it was reported that the 3.3 acre Greenfield site was swapped with UCD for land beside UCD's Belgrove student residences and a reported €12.5m in cash.
After leaving the site untouched for years, Mr O'Brien's firm is now well placed to capitalise on Dublin 4's booming luxury apartment market.
The City Council gave the go-ahead for the scheme in spite of 18 separate objections lodged against the plan including three objections from residents' groups.
The council granted planning permission after its planner in the case concluded that the development would not unduly materially detract from the amenities of either adjoining properties or the character of the area.
However, the 30 residents of the adjoining Nutley Square have appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála through their management firm, Nutley Square Management Company.
In a submission to the council, consultants for Purleigh Holdings stated that providing apartments at the site will contribute to the alleviation of the housing shortage pressure in Dublin.
It said the scheme would also provide accommodation on serviced land, within close proximity to shops/facilities and with good public transport connections.
The consultants state that the proposal "is representative of a carefully considered residential scheme, which has been the subject of an in depth analysis of urban character, environmental amenity and an appropriate urban design and landscaping design response".
However, in its appeal, the Nutley Square Management Company claims that the proposal "seriously contravenes" the Dublin City Council Development Plan "in relation to character, height and density and is totally incompatible with the existing developments in the area".
The appeal continues: "The proposed development behind Nutley Square due to its size, depth, width and height will truly have an unacceptable adverse impact on the houses in Nutley Square."
The firm argues: "House owners in Nutley Square will find that they are overlooked by the proposed apartments and balconies due to a loss of privacy, in addition to having a visually overbearing impact".