Saturday 20 October 2018

Columban Missionary site development gets go-ahead despite opposition

Councillor Tom Brabazon
Councillor Tom Brabazon

Ian Begley

A controversial development in north Dublin that will see more than 200 apartments being built has been granted permission by An Bord Pleanála.

In the developer's original application, it proposed a mixed-use development of 209 apartments, a gym, childcare facility and community room on the Hole in the Wall Road and R139 Road in Donaghmede.

Although permission was granted, the decision came with a number of conditions.

The applicant, Midgard Construction Ltd, was informed that it will have to scale back six units, with area made available as a public open space.

Councillor Tom Brabazon, of Fianna Fáil, who objected to the application, said: "I'm not saying it's in the wrong location, there's no doubt we need more houses.

"But this development is being shoehorned into a corner.

"Traffic in the area is bad enough as it is and the sheer number of apartments being built is going to lead to even heavier congestion.

"It seems that An Bord Pleanála is looking at this from a housing provision point of view rather than a good planning viewpoint."

Concerns

The site of 1.3 hectares (3.21 acres) on the Hole in the Wall Road, Dublin 13, was sold on behalf of the Missionary Society of St Columban. John Clancy, director of Grattan Hall Management Ltd, an area adjacent to the proposed developments, believes the residents' concerns weren't taken into consideration.

"We challenged the planning application and even brought in our own architect," he said.

"The planning density that was awarded is significantly higher than the adjacent developments.

"Secondly, the number of apartments going in will see an additional 250 cars in the community, which will ultimately create chaos on our roads.

"There is inadequate reference to local residents' concerns with the way planning is going about," he said.

Irish Independent

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