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Council wanted to build homes on a flood plain

Plans to build apartments on a flood plain have been abandoned after questions were raised about the project.

Up to 30 affordable homes were being proposed for an area beside O'Shea's pub in Clonskeagh, south Dublin, next to the River Dodder.

Dublin City Council was planning the development in conjunction with the owner of the pub.

However, a spokesman for the council told the Herald that the local authority is now not going ahead with the draft plan that had been proposed.

He added it did not mean that at a later stage the council would not go ahead with a scheme in the area.

Fine Gael councillor Eoghan Murphy had questioned the proposal "in light of the recent serious flooding around the country" and given the site's location "along a flood plain".

If the scheme was to go ahead, councillors would have had to vary the city development plan.

In reply to Cllr Murphy, the council said, as part of this process, a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of the proposed variation was required.

"Assessment of flooding implications for this site is part of the SEA," it added.

The council said the SEA was to take into account "the full flood regime in the area and on the site".

It admitted that its own drainage section had highlighted as one of its main concerns the issue of flooding.

The council said, in order to get approval to develop a flood plain, it is necessary to show that a development will not be flooded or cause flooding elsewhere.

"The report submitted by Arup Consulting Engineers describes how the development could be laid out so as to cause no negative impact to the existing flood plain.

Their proposals include raising the building above the level of the Hurricane Charlie flood level by placing it on stilts.

"They showed that no flood waters would be displaced from the site in the 100- year flood and that the building itself would be protected from this flood," local authority officials said.

It insisted the drainage department "remains satisfied with the policies and standards which informed the decision as made in the summer of 2009".

"No new information has come to light to suggest that any re-examination is required," it said.

However, the council has since decided not to proceed with the scheme.

comurphy@herald.ie


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