A local political representative says she is “deeply concerned” at plans for 1,365 new homes at Corballis East in Donabate.
Corina Johnston, Labour Party local area Representative has raised concerns over the recently submitted SHD (Strategic Housing Development) planning application for the Corballis East site in Donabate.
Ms Johnston said: “I am deeply concerned at the implications for the area of the recently submitted SHD planning application for the Corballis East site in Donabate.
"The development company Aledo Donabate ltd submitted a planning application to An Bord Pleanala via the fast track SHD process for 1,365 units (1019 apartments/duplexes and 346 houses ). This highly sensitive land was controversially zoned residential in 2003 and forms part of the current Donabate Local Area and County Development Plans.”
She continued: “Having read the planning report, I am taken aback at the extent to which this application is at variance with these plans on densities, housing mix, height and visual sensitivity.
"The local area plan which was approved following various public consultation processes recommended predominantly two-storey units with increased heights in the proposed development centre and close to the town centre. The number of material contraventions in this planning application may well make this process irrelevant and a waste of time in the future.”
Ms Johnston said she was “surprised” at the high number of apartments and duplexes in the development and said the proposed number of mainly one and two-bedroom apartments will completely change the character of our village making it more transient and unsustainable into the future.”
She added: “The affordable housing bill which was introduced in July stipulates that 10% of all new developments are provided for affordable homes.
"It is unclear from the plans if affordable homes as set out in the legalisation are included in this planning application.”
The Labour party representative for the Donabate and Portrane peninsula concluded: “I support appropriate housing development on zoned land in Donabate however I assess each application on the basis of its sustainability, whether it complements the existing infrastructure and mainly complies with the development plans for the area. I will be recommending to An Bord Pleanala that the application as submitted be refused.”
Planning applications of this size skip county council consideration and go straight to An Bord Pleanála.