An Bord Pleanala gives green light to 271 units and creche at Tinakilly
An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for 271 dwellings at Tinakilly in Rathnew but refused permission for a further 84 dwellings on lands zoned for Active Open Space.
Permission was also granted for the first phase of the new Rathnew inner Relief Road, a crèche and for passive open/active space.
In February of last year, Wicklow County Council gave Keldrum Ltd permission to construct the 271 homes, although the initial planning application had sought 369 dwelling units.
That decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanála on a number of grounds by local Rathnew residents. The Bord found that the nature, scale and design of the proposed development was in accordance with the provisions of the County Development Plan and with the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.
Also taken into consideration was the availability in the area of a wide range of social infrastructure and the pattern of existing and permitted development in the area.
According to the inspector's report: 'The proposed development would be in accordance with the zoning objectives for the area, would not seriously injure the residential or visual amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity, would respect the existing architectural heritage and character of the area and would be acceptable in terms of traffic safety and convenience. The proposed development would, therefore, be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area'.
The development will be carried out in three phases, with Phase One delivering 80 units, Phase Two delivering another 80 units and Phase Three delivering 111 units.