Sunday 22 April 2018

Ross tries to block building of 63 new homes in his Dublin constituency

Shane Ross and Deirdre Donnelly at the site of the proposed development near Oatlands College in south Dublin
Shane Ross and Deirdre Donnelly at the site of the proposed development near Oatlands College in south Dublin
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Transport Minister Shane Ross has "strongly" urged the refusal of planning permission for 63 new homes in his constituency.

In a letter to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the Independent Alliance TD cites four reasons why he believes the project near Oatlands College in south Dublin would damage the sustainable development of the area.

He says that the nine houses, 24 duplexes and 30 apartments would lead to a significantly increased population in Mount Merrion without factoring in the impact on schools.

"If such a development were to proceed it would place further unnecessary pressure on local schools and families," he wrote.

He also said "numerous" medical centres in the area were no longer accepting new patients due to their existing level of demand.

And he argues that the density of development, which includes a children's playground, is too large, adding that part of the site is designated "to protect the preserve trees and woodlands".

Mr Ross, who recently complained that his Independent Alliance TDs were not formally invited to the launch of the Government's Housing Action Plan, concludes his submission by stating: "I recognise the ever-pressing need for increasing the number of available housing units in Dublin Rathdown and the Greater Dublin Region as a whole.

"However, due to these highlighted reasons, I do not feel that this planning application would assist the pursuit of sustainable development of the Stillorgan area."

He signs the letter as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.

The planning permission has been sought by Balark Investments, a company associated with developer Greg Kavanagh.

Other local representatives to object to the develop include Cllr Deirdre Donnelly.

She said the development was not in keeping with existing houses and could lead to flooding.

Cllr Barry Saul (FG) said it would be "visually obtrusive".

And former Fianna Fáil senator Mary White said the plan was "totally incompatible" with the area.

Irish Independent

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