A number of local councillors have expressed serious reservations over planning approval for a huge apartment development at Fosterstown in Swords.
Planning permission has been granted to MKN Property Group by An Bord Pleanála for the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) on Phase 1 lands at the townlands of Fosterstown North and Cremona, Swords.
The development will see the construction of hundreds of new apartments as well as a creche and retail unit.
Bound by Forest Road to the west, the development will consist of the construction of a mixed use development, ranging in height from five storeys to eight storeys from street level.
Independent Swords councillor, Joe Newman said 'It appears that the Bord didn't give much consideration to objections lodged in relation to this development.
'I am disappointed with the outcome to say the least.'
He added: 'I wonder as to why we bother doing masterplans at all, especially when the developer can simply ignore the wishes of the planning department who produced the masterplan in agreement with all of the local councillors.'
Fianna Fáil councillor, Cllr Darragh Butler agreed and said of the plans: 'It's disappointing that it's overriding our Swords Masterplan.
'In 2019 there was a very good consultation with members of the public and we put in place a Swords Masterplan which would have seen proper development of that land, there would have been provision of a school on a neighbouring site and it was a pretty excellent masterplan.
'There will be housing, there will be development on this land, but that's why we have masterplans to do that properly. It's disappointing that a developer is able to go to An Bord Pleanála when they're building more than 100 units and go against that masterplan.'
Cllr Dean Mulligan (I4C) described the decision as 'nothing short of disgraceful'.
He said: 'Myself and local residents put an incredible effort into giving fair assessments of the needs in the area and these plans totally ignore them, sadly.'
He said: 'This is not over but it's a sad start to a long battle.'
The planning permission comes with some 17 conditions imposed on the developers for the development at Fosterstown.
These include a requirement that the development be carried out within five years; a reduction in the height of Block A to 8 storeys; block B to be amended to form two distinct blocks. Conditions also include a requirement for the developer to comply with all requirements of the planning authority in relation to roads, access, cycling infrastructure and parking arrangements, and for the developer to submit a schedule of Road Safety Audits.