Cairn cleared to build new northside development
The country's biggest homebuilder, Cairn Homes, has been given the go-ahead to bring a new residential scheme to Dublin's northside.
Cairn has secured planning permission from An Bord Pleanala to build 377 apartments and a further eight houses on Griffith Avenue in Marino, Dublin 9.
Drawings for the red-brick scheme bear similar hallmarks to Cairn's flagship southside development Marianella, stuck in the leafy suburbs of Rathgar.
Chief executive Michael Stanley and co have picked similarly wooded surroundings for their new project. The scheme will sit on a 7.6-acre site surrounded by mature trees.
Taking into account a wide range of masterplans and policies from various arms of the State, the planning board's inspector ruled that Cairn's proposed development would "not seriously injure the residential or visual amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity, would respect the character of the protected structure and would be acceptable in terms of pedestrian and traffic safety".
Among those who made submissions about Cairn's intentions were a range of public representatives, including Labour senator Aodhan O'Riordain.
The general issues raised by objectors included the lack of consultation involved in the fast-track planning system, whereby large scale developments skip local council level and are process by An Bord Pleanala.
The concentration of the social housing section of the development was also raised as a significant issue by objectors.
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