Tuesday 20 February 2018

Local politicians against Howth housing plan

The site at Howth that Glenkerrin Homes propose to develop for housing
The site at Howth that Glenkerrin Homes propose to develop for housing

Gordon Deegan

Plans for a €40m residential development for Howth in Dublin have been opposed by local politicians including outgoing junior minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Labour's junior minister at the Department of Justice and Law Equality appealed Fingal County Council's decision to grant planning permission to developer Ray Grehan's former Glenkerrin Homes Ltd to An Bord Pleanála.

His constituency rival, Senator Averil Power (Ind), has also joined with local residents in appealing the local authority decision and has requested an oral hearing in the case.

One of the best known developers during the boom, Ray Grehan went bankrupt in the UK in December 2011 with a total deficiency of £417m (€527m). In May of that year, Nama appointed receivers to Grehan's Glenkerrin Homes.

Now, in a bid to realise value from the company's assets and address the housing shortage in Dublin, the firm's receivers have secured planning permission for the development.

The Howth development comprises 200 residential units that includes 145 apartments in five blocks ranging from one to six storeys.

Consultants for Glenkerrin told the council that the creation of a new residential community of several hundred people would help to reinforce the vitality of the local community in the area and protect existing services.

In his appeal, Minister Ó Ríordáin claimed the height of the proposed blocks in the development "will change the visual landscape of the village and damage the picturesque nature of Howth".

In total, seven parties have appealed including Glenkerrin Homes, which has appealed conditions in the grant.

Irish Independent

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