Thursday 29 September 2016

Appeals board gives go-ahead to €40m Howth housing plan opposed by local politicians

Gordon Deegan

Published 23/06/2016 | 02:30

The site at Howth that Glenkerrin Homes propose to develop
The site at Howth that Glenkerrin Homes propose to develop

An Bord Pleanála has given the green light to a €40m residential development for Howth in spite of opposition from former junior Labour government Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and former senator Averil Power.

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The appeals board upheld Fingal Co Council's decision to grant planning permission to developer Ray Grehan's former Glenkerrin Homes Ltd for the development.

One of the best known developers during the boom, Mr Grehan went bankrupt in the UK in December 2011 with a total deficiency of £417m (€527m).

In May of that year, Nama appointed receivers to Grehan's Glenkerrin Homes.

Now, in a bid to realise value from the company's assets and address the housing shortage in Dublin, the firm's Receivers have secured planning permission for the development on the Howth Rd at Howth, Co Dublin.he development comprises 200 residential units made up of 145 apartments in five blocks ranging from one to six storeys along with 51 three and four-bedroomed homes, four homes for the traveller community along with six commercial units.

In his appeal to An Bord Pleanála, Senator Ó Ríordáin had claimed that the height of the proposed blocks in the development "will change the visual landscape of the village and damage the picturesque nature of Howth".

Former Senator Averil Power (Ind) had joined with local residents in appealing the local authority decision.

In giving the plan the go-ahead, the appeals board found that the proposed development would not seriously injure the character or the amenities of property in the area.

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