Carroll is refused planning for site
A COMPANY fronted by embattled developer Liam Carroll has been refused permission for a multi-million euro development in Clondalkin, Dublin, that would have seen the construction of a discount supermarket, offices and other retail space.
South Dublin County Council said that because the planned development at Ninth Lock Road will extend over more than two hectares following a design revamp, an environmental impact study is required before the plans can be assessed any further.
The council indicated it is not opposed in principle to the scheme -- a rare piece of good news for Mr Carroll.
Mr Carroll, once one of the country's biggest developers, saw a receiver appointed to four of his companies in January.
His Zoe Group collapsed last year, owing €1.3bn.
The application for the extensive development, that would have extended over more than 14,000 sq metres, was made last year by Hallian, a firm controlled by Mr Carroll.
The land was originally the site of a factory operated by CB Packaging.
Hallian had originally applied for planning permission to develop nearly 20,000 sq metres on the site, but in response to feedback extended it over a larger portion of the site.
This meant the site to be developed would encompass nearly 2.5 hectares rather than the original 1.5 hectares.
Because urban development on a site greater than two hectares requires an environmental impact statement, the council was bound to reject the proposals because such a statement had not been prepared as part of the application.
Objections to the original scheme had been made by local Fine Gael councillors William Lavelle and Tony Delaney.
Fine Gael Senator Frances Fitzgerald also objected, saying it was premature because it came in advance of the publication of an urban framework proposal for Clondalkin.