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TDs support residents’ objections to plans for €113m housing scheme with 329 homes


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Two Dublin TDs are backing local residents’ objections against plans for a €113m ‘fast track’ housing scheme for Ballycullen in south Dublin.

Ballycullen Ltd Partnership has lodged Strategic Housing Development (SHD) plans to An Bord Pleanála for the 329-unit development of 140 houses and 189 apartments at Woodtown in Dublin 16.

They have put an initial price tag of €12.4m on 36 units for social housing to sell to South Dublin County Council should planning be granted.

The average cost of each unit is €345,305.

The developers say the proposal “represents a sustainable balance between optimising the quantum and mix of residential development possible whilst respecting the environmental qualities, visual amenities, and character of this prominent site at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains”.

However, Dublin South West TDs John Lahart of Fianna Fáil and the Greens’ Francis Noel Duffy are backing objections, with the latter saying the apartment blocks of up to five storeys are “out of keeping with the existing development in the area and is excessive”.

Expressing concerns over the SHD system, he said that only 29pc of SHD permissions granted since 2017 have commenced or been completed.

Deputy Duffy stated: “This signals the failure of the scheme to deliver on its intended purpose.”

But he told the appeals board he does not have a problem in principle to homes being built on zoned land.

Deputy Lahart told An Bord Pleanála he strongly supports the observations lodged on behalf of two residents’ associations and a master observation from the wider community, on the basis of density, height and lack of local amenities and infrastructure.

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South Dublin County Council planners also told An Bord Pleanála that planning should be refused on the grounds that it is in material contravention of the local area plan based on height, unit mix and density.

They say the proposed buildings would result in overlooking between the residential units and would visually dominate and be incongruous in the setting, resulting in a poor environment for prospective and existing residents in the surrounding area.

An Bord Pleanála is due to make a decision on the scheme in October.

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