Saturday 22 July 2017

Plans for 4,000 homes halted over objections

The Council will make decisions on the planning applications later this year. Stock Image
The Council will make decisions on the planning applications later this year. Stock Image

Gordon Deegan

A number of developers, including Bernard McNamara, have been temporarily prevented from constructing new housing schemes for the north Dublin suburb of Donate due to residents' concerns.

The local area plan for Donabate anticipates the construction of 4,000 homes.

However, locals are concerned that the area will be overwhelmed by the level of planning applications.

In recent weeks, Fingal County Council have put on hold plans by Oakston Property Company Ltd for 286 homes close to Beaverstown Golf Club while the council has also placed on hold plans by Mr McNamara's Roxtip Ltd to construct 36 homes off Beaverstown Road.

The Council has also put on hold plans by Keelco Ltd for a mixed-use development at Turvey Avenue that included 33 apartments, while new plans have recently been lodged by McGarrell Reilly Homes for the construction of 196 houses and 62 apartments on lands off the Hearse Road, Donabate.

In an objection against the Oakston plan, local resident Nicholas Brown highlighted what he saw as the pressures on all aspects of local infrastructure.

"I recently registered my one-week-old daughter for primary school for 2021 entry and she is already on a waiting list with no guarantee of a place. We can't get her into pre-school, despite her starting date being three years away," he told the council.

"This is an example of how the current facilities can't support the current population - so how can a dramatic increase in population without the supporting infrastructure be justified."

Mr Brown said that recreational activities for young people are non-existent in the area.

The Council will make decisions on the planning applications later this year.

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