Monday 19 March 2018

Residents in affluent Dublin suburb vow to 'fight back' against plans for new 'high density' developments

'You do not solve a national housing crisis by destroying a tiny geographic footprint'

A housebuilding site in Dublin (Stock image) Photo: Bloomberg
A housebuilding site in Dublin (Stock image) Photo: Bloomberg
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

Residents in one of the most affluent and desirable 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 get the green light.

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 famous 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.

"The projects being discussed at the moment have a scale, design, and ambition to them, which means there will be irreversible damage to the locality."

He stressed the community shoud develop "organically" though "sustainable" development.

He said talks must now take place with all relevant stakeholders.

"You do not solve a national housing crisis by destroying a tiny geographic footprint.

"You do not solve a national nursing home shortage by building one in the biggest in the country in a tiny village. That is not good national policy."

Meanwhile, a guiding a price in excess of €5m is being asked for a 0.45 hectare (1.1 acre) residential development site on the Stillorgan Road in Foxrock.

The site is being offered to the open market by way of tender.

Situated in close proximity to Foxrock village (1.4km), Cabinteely village (1.5km) and Dublin city centre (10.5km), the subject property benefits from direct access onto the N11 (Stillorgan Road).

The site has full planning permission from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for the demolition of the existing dwelling and the construction of 24 dwelling units.

The proposed scheme consists of a mixture of apartments - ranging in size from 73 sq m to 135 sq m - and houses ranging from 184 sq m to 195 sq m.

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