Thursday 20 June 2019

Reduction in building height is a 'big win', Swords councillor tells residents

Residents congratulated on winning amendment

Cllr Darragh Butler
Cllr Darragh Butler

John Manning

A Swords councillor has congratulated residents of Boroimhe for succeeding in amending a Masterplan for the area that will see building heights reduced from a maximum of five storeys to a maximum of three.

Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) explained: 'The three Swords Masterplans which included the Fosterstown Masterplan (lands on the Forest Road next to Boroimhe towards Swords) were agreed at our May Swords Area and full council meetings. Fingal County Council stated that these Masterplans are drafted in such a way that regard will be had to the residential amenity of existing residents and the existing development in the area.'

He said that thanks to submissions he encouraged residents in the area to make: 'Our concerns were recognised and the Fosterstown Masterplan was amended to indicate building heights of two to three storeys at the edges with a single feature four-storey corner section adjacent to Boroimhe.

'This is a good win and as good as we could have got and is particularly applicable to Boroimhe Birches, Boroimhe Laurels, Boroimhe Pines and Boroimhe Willows.'

Cllr Butler said: 'Since Government enacted legislation that came into effect in 2017, planning applications for housing developments of more than 100 residential units can now be made directly to An Bord Pleanála.

'Therefore it was important that we had these Masterplans passed and in place for ABP to consult when they receive such applications.

'They may choose to ignore our Masterplans, which is why we needed to be realistic in terms of the height limits proposed.'

The Swords councillor concluded: 'Reduced and unrealistic height limits most likely would have been ignored by ABP so in many ways our hands were tied in this regard.

'I believe that the modifications that we succeeded in achieving were the best that we could achieve and we can only hope that ABP adhere to these limits. when they approve any planning applications.'

Fingal Independent