Thursday 25 May 2017

30 children forced from creche over planning anomaly

Mark Hilliard

THIRTY children have been "evicted" from a creche after a planning anomaly forced its closure in an unfinished housing development.

The New Beginnings childcare facility in Donabate, Co Dublin has been rendered "homeless" due to the developer's inability to complete works.

Planning permission granted for a temporary creche at The Gallery in 2006, ahead of the development's completion, has lapsed.

Developer Peter Dwyer of Shelman Properties, parents and creche owner Fiona O'Reilly have become trapped in a bitter dispute over who is to blame.

Ms O'Reilly says that the council has ruled out any possibility of permanent planning permission but that it will not enforce closure until alternative arrangements can be made.

However, she says Mr Dwyer will not grant a year's lease, which would give them ample time to do so.

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New Beginnings will now close on November 11, she said, adding that she will now have to let staff go.

Mr Dwyer has insisted he had no choice in the matter.

"There is no reason they have to be out other than, when the permission was refused, we were advised that they were in the building illegally and there may be an insurance issue if a child was injured," he said.

The Donabate Portrane Community Council, which represents the parents, is irate at the situation, describing parents as being "again the victims of developers and planners".

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