Friday 24 November 2017

Foxrock residents to fight new high-rise proposals

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Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

Residents in one of the most affluent suburbs in south Dublin have vowed to "fight back" as developers ratchet up plans for a raft of new "high density" developments in the area.

A specially convened meeting in the Foxrock Pastoral Centre last night heard how the area now faces an "existential crisis".

It was claimed the "floodgates could be opened to large scale construction" if a series of proposed developments go ahead.

Members of the Foxrock and Carrickmines Residents' Alliance (FACRA) explained how at least four planning applications are currently in the pipeline for development in the "heart" of the area.

These include an 84,000 sq foot, three-storey commercial nursing home complex.

Another scheme is located at the crossroads in the village, opposite the Gables pub. It is also proposed to construct a terrace of eight, four-storey townhouses, in the middle of an Architectural Conservation Area, where "no residential property comes close in height."

In a planned development at Weaver's Hall, off Westminster Road, it is proposed to create road access for up to 93 cars, 50 apartments up to four storeys high, and a single two bed house.

And while Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council refused permission for a fourth project in April - a development of eight three-storey maisonettes - the developer has since appealed the judgement to An Bord Pleanala.

The threat posed by these developments is "transparent", according to Robert McGee, chairman of the FACRA group.

He told more than 150 locals how such projects would cause "instant and severe" traffic problems, as well as "buckle" the existing infrastructure.

Irish Independent

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