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Court fight over homes for golf club plan

A WOMAN is seeking High Court permission to challenge Bord Pleanala's approval of a €100m development in the former Dun Laoghaire Golf Club.

Gene Feighery has accused a member of the board of perceived bias, or objective bias as it is legally known, over the decision to grant permission to the Cosgrave Developments Group (CDG) for 230 houses, 626 apartments, a creche, neighbourhood centre and five parks.

Conall Boland, immediately prior to his appointment to Bord Pleanala, was a technical director of a company which provided planning and rezoning advice to CDG, she said. Mr Boland was also the board member who signed off on a decision rejecting the recommendation of the board's own inspector that permission for the development should be refused, Ms Feighery claimed.

Ms Feighery, a mother of four, of Eglinton Park, Dun Laoghaire, has alleged objective bias by Mr Boland, one of an eight-member board panel which in August 2010 rejected her appeal against the decision of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council granting permission for the development.

Ms Feighery initiated proceedings last September seeking judicial review of that decision and the matter came before Mr Justice Peter Kelly yesterday via an application on behalf of CDG to have them fast-tracked in the Commercial Court.