Wednesday 17 January 2018

Varadkar among objectors to plans for 41 new apartments

Leo Varadkar. Photo: Tom Burke
Leo Varadkar. Photo: Tom Burke

Gordon Deegan

Leo Varadkar is one of a number of objectors against a new €10m apartment block plan in an area of Dublin he admits is being hit by the housing shortage.

He joined forces with local Fine Gael councillor Eithne Loftus to lodge a joint appeal with An Bord Pleanála against Fingal County Council's decision to give the green light to Absainte Ltd for the 41-apartment development.

Last month, the council gave the go-ahead to demolish Brady's pub at the Old Navan Road, Castleknock, to construct four four-storey apartment blocks on lands zoned for residential development.

The council granted permission in spite of 90 objections, including from former Labour leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton and Fianna Fáil TD Jack Chambers.

Mr Varadkar said he was certain that the plan "will impact on the residential amenity and property values of neighbouring homes". He argued that "the application must be rejected in favour of a more appropriate residential or mixed-use development for this site".

A decision is due to be made by An Bord Pleanála in June.

Irish Independent

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