Planning appeal denied for 174-apartment build
Plans lodged by one of the country's largest house builders, Glenveagh Homes, for a large extension to a €75m residential development at Donabate have been shot down by An Bord Pleanála.
The appeals board's inspector had recommended that the 174-apartment plan get the go-ahead on the southern edge of Donabate, on a site located 300 metres from the local railway station in the north Co Dublin coastal town.
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However, the inspector's recommendation was overruled by the appeals board. The 174 apartments were to replace 35 houses and 62 apartments already permitted for the site, and a granting of permission for the 174 apartments would have resulted in a net increase of 77 units in a development comprising of 251 already-permitted residential units.
In its ruling, the board stated that due to its blanket approach to height, campus style building layout and dominance of car-parking, the proposed development of 174 apartments did not represent a satisfactory urban design response for the site.
The board found that the proposal would be contrary to ministerial guidelines, would not be consistent with national and local policy, and would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.
Glenveagh now has a choice of revising its apartment plan or pressing ahead with the planning permission already in place for the site.
A report by the chief executive of Fingal Co Council also recommended that planning be refused for the 174 units.