Monday 5 December 2016

Frances Fitzgerald blocks boom-time developer’s plans for 58 homes

Laura Larkin

Published 08/01/2016 | 11:58

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald

THE Justice Minister has put a halt to a housing estate proposed by boom-time developer Greg Kavanagh.

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TD Frances Fitzgerald and her constituency colleague councillor William Lavelle lodged an appeal against planning permission for 58 houses granted by south Dublin county council to Crekav Landbank Investment Ltd, of which Mr Kavanagh is a

director.

An Bord Pleanala overruled the decision of the local authority because it felt that 58 houses would be an under-use of the land, which is suitable for at least 124 units.

The inspector also cited

substandard layout and design of the planned estate.

In correspondence with the planning authority the Fine Gael politicians “denied that the appeal attempts to

micromanage local authorities”.

They argued that locals were not properly consulted when revised plans were submitted.

In the past number of months, Mr Kavanagh has lodged planning applications with at least three Dublin local authorities.

Last February he lodged an application to build 74 houses on a 2.47 hectare site near

Adamstown in Dublin west.

The application proved

controversial with locals because it involved the removal of several tall trees in the area and also a boundary change with a nearby estate.

Following public outcry the council introduced a draft “tree protection order” that means any developer will have to keep the trees during future builds.

A decision was made to allow Mr Kavanagh’s firm to build 58 of the 74 planned dwellings, which in his appeal the developer described as “overly cautious”. The firm believed it could build 69 units while

keeping the trees.

Crekav have also argued that some of the trees are not in good enough condition to warrant protection.

values

Local residents also lodged an appeal with the planning board and argued, among other reasons, that the development should not go ahead because the removal of a hedge-grow boundary would lower property values and increase anti-social behaviour.

A spokeswoman for Minister Fitzgerald said that she “has no objection in principle to the development of housing on this site. Furthermore, in her original appeal to An Bord Pleanala the minister noted that the original planning application was generally acceptable.

“However, substantial

changes were made during the planning process, particularly in relation to the boundary with the adjoining Finnstown estate…

“In submitting an appeal to An Bord Pleanala, the minister sought to support the local residents.”

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