Apartment block permission denied
Donabate Portrane Community Council has welcomed a decision from An Bord Pleanála to reject planning permission for a proposed four-storey apartment development on the peninsula.
The community council had objected to the application. by Glenveagh Homes and .argued the move to increase the number of units at Semple Woods at the Hearse Road site from 251 to 328 units represented 'excessive density'.
According to the community council, the area is already suffering from over-crowding on public transport links, with the road infrastructure set to be constrained even when the new Donabate Distributor Road is completed.
An Bord Pleanála refused the application on design grounds and because it said there were too many parking spaces allocated as part of the application. It said the site is near Donabate train station.
Donabate Portrane Community Council said it was disappointing the application was not refused on environmental grounds given the proximity of the site to the Broadmeadows Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
The community council said there was also a fear in the community that units in the developement would be sold to so-called 'cuckoo funds' and would 'elbow out' first-time buyers.
A spokesperson for the community council said: 'Glenveagh tried to amend amend its planning permission for the Semple Woods development to replace 35 houses and 62 apartments with 174 apartments in five, four-story blocks.
'Permission was refused on the basis that the application was contrary to Ministerial Guidelines in the form of the National Planning Framework, not consistent with local policy in the form of the Fingal Development Plan and the Donabate Local Area Plan and contrary to proper planning and sustainable development of the area.'
The reasons for the decision quoted by An Bord Pleanála were the 'blanket approach' to height, the campus style building layout and the dominance of car parking; the link to the village and to Newbridge Demense not being a satisfactory design and did not enhance the area and the design not being in accordance with the Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets. The application had been made under the Strategic Housing Development scheme, which means applications are directly submitted to An Bord Pleanála to speed up the development process. Fingal County Council had also made its concerns about the development known to An Bord Pleanála in a submission.