Ross met council chief after homes he objected to unsuccessful
Transport Minister Shane Ross met with the chief executive of his local authority to discuss planning issues hours after a housing development he opposed was refused planning permission.
The Dublin Rathdown TD "strongly" objected to the construction of 63 new homes in Mount Merrion, south Dublin, on the grounds it would put "further unnecessary pressure on local schools and families".
He added that part of the site is designated "to protect and preserve trees and woodlands".
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has now rejected the proposals by Balark Investments, a company associated with developer Greg Kavanagh, on the grounds that more than 150 trees would have to be felled and that it does not provide quality "usable public open space areas".
The council said the 24 duplexes and 30 apartments and nine houses "would adversely affect the sylvan character of the subject site, would adversely affect the residential and visual amenity of future occupants of the proposed development and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area".
Balark has indicated that it will appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanala.
The Irish Independent has also learnt Mr Ross met with the CEO of DLRCC, Philomena Poole, yesterday to discuss "planning matters".
A council spokesperson said the meeting was requested by the Independent Alliance minister and Cllr Deirdre Donnelly.
"A meeting which was attended also by the Director of Planning took place this morning and an overview of the DLRCC Development Plan was provided," the spokesperson said. Mr Ross's spokesperson confirmed the meeting but said he was not in a position to comment on the planning decision.