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Roisin Shortall opposed plan

Roisin Shortall opposed plan

Roisin Shortall opposed plan

An Bord Pleanala has granted planning permission for contentious plans for 331 "fast-track" apartments at Santry in north Dublin - in spite of opposition from joint leader of the Social Democrats Roisin Shortall.

The appeals board has given the green light to Cosgrave Developments for the proposal off Northwood Avenue, Santry, which consists of four eight-storey apartment blocks along with five retail units and a childcare facility.

Ms Shortall told the appeals board that she strongly objected to the development.

Towering

She said it "shows little regard for neighbouring dwellings".

In her submission, Ms Shortall said: "Cedarview, which is beside the proposed development, consists of two and three-storey houses."

One of 14 parties to make a submission, Ms Shortall added: "This estate will be seriously affected by the Strategic Housing Development (SHD), with towering apartment blocks overlooking it.

This will block sunlight and negatively affect the skyline.

"The surrounding area has grown significantly in recent years.

Sustainable

While I am not opposed to further developments in the area, I believe that it is imperative to ensure future development is sustainable."

Other local residents also expressed opposition to the Cosgrave Developments proposal.

Ms Shortall was also unsuccessful in opposing another "fast-track" housing plan earlier this year when the appeals board gave the go-ahead to Dwyer Nolan Developments for 129 apartments in north Dublin.

In her inspector's report concerning the Santry plan, Senior Planning Inspector with An Bord Pleanala, Lorraine Dockery, said that the proposal would provide a quality development with an appropriate mix of residential units.


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