€50m apartment plan under fire
A GROUP of Dublin 4 residents has attacked fresh proposals by a company backed by billionaire Denis O'Brien to build luxury apartments in Donnybrook in a €50m scheme which is now a storey higher than originally planned.
In an objection, the Greenfield Residents Group said "enough is enough - 90 units in an overbearing 'monolith' of five blocks each ... five storeys is far too much, both for the development itself and the surrounding residential area".
In December, An Bord Pleanála gave the go-ahead to Mr O'Brien's Purleigh Holdings to construct 71 apartments in five stand-alone white pavilion blocks on the site at Greenfield, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.
Mr O'Brien acquired the site from UCD in 2008 when he paid €15m in cash and another three-acre site at Roebuck to the college in a land-swap plus cash deal.
However, Mr O'Brien's Purleigh - in a bid to maximise the return on the investment - has now lodged replacement plans for 90 apartments on the site with the height of the apartment blocks increasing from four to five storeys.
In the Greenfield Residents Group's objection, Leo Mangan told the City Council: "We accept the An Bord Pleanála decision granting planning for 71 apartments.
"To grant permission for an additional 18 units being 25pc more in height and number would be perverse."
Consultants for Purleigh state that the development seeks to deliver a high-quality residential development at a scale and density which makes the most efficient use of serviced land.