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Ailesbury Road apartments plan 'flawed' - Desmond



Billionaire: Dermot Desmond

Billionaire: Dermot Desmond

Billionaire: Dermot Desmond

The wife of billionaire Dermot Desmond has objected to a proposed €338m apartment plan for former RTE land in Dublin 4, saying it will have "an unacceptable impact" on the amenities of her Ailesbury Road home.

That is according to a comprehensive objection lodged on behalf of Pat Desmond and two other Ailesbury Rd against the Cairn Homes 614 unit plan.

In the objection drawn up for the three, planning consultant Simon Clear said that the proposal was unsatisfactory and seriously injurious to the amenities of adjoining properties - particularly the Desmond property.

Mr Clear wrote that the proposed 'fast track' Strategic Housing Development (SHD) scheme for the 8.64 site is "seriously flawed" and should be rejected.

The Project Montrose proposal for the site was purchased by Cairn from RTE for €107.5m three years ago and includes 611 apartments across nine buildings ranging from four to 10 storeys in height.

Mr Clear made the submission on behalf of Pat Desmond, former Irish Sugar managing director Chris Comerford, and businessman John Gleeson as part of a 58-page objection against the plan.

The three are seeking an An Bord Pleanála oral hearing into the case and have already launched a High Court challenge against the legality of the legislation underpinning the Government fast track system.

In total, around 20 objections have been lodged against the proposals, including from the Republic of Austria which has its embassy and ambassador's residence on the rode as well as the Ailesbury Road Residents Association.

The consultant for the Republic of Austria, Tony Manahan, has told the appeals board that the proposed height of the Cairn plan at 34.5 metres is over twice the 16 metre permitted height for buildings in the area.

Cairn has said that the plan represents "a once in a lifetime opportunity" for a landmark development.

The builder had aimed to start construction this year.

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