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605 more homes for golf site

THE SECOND phase of a massive housing scheme on the site of the former Dun Laoghaire Golf Club land has been given the go-ahead.

Cosgrave Developments was given the green light for the South Co Dublin project by An Bord Pleanala.

The board overruled an inspector's report and granted permission for 605 residential units on the northern section of the land. The development will consisting mainly of apartment blocks of up to seven storeys.

An Bord Pleanala said, because of the "coherent approach" of the proposed development and the adherence to sustainability guidelines, it approved the scheme.

The board said it did not believe the project would be premature pending a local area plan for Dun Laoghaire.

It also ruled the high density is acceptable, considering the location.

Cosgrave already had permission for 856 housing units on the southern section and are understood to be about to launch a small amount of houses for sale next month.

Independent councillor Victor Boyhan said the board's decision "undermined the views of local residents, councillors and its own planning inspector".