Quashed: Nursing home for site rejected

CHURCHTOWN residents say they are “breathing a sigh of relief” following the rejection of the Badger’s Glen nursing home plans.
“My phone has been ringing non-stop since the news that this development will not now proceed,” John Clinch, of the Badger’s Glen Residents’ Association, told The Gazette.
The proposed development, if approved, would have seen the construction of a four-storey above-basement structure, with 101 bedrooms for nursing home tenants.
The plan also outlined the provision of new vehicular access from Landscape Road.
The site is bounded by Braemor Road to the north, Landscape Road to the east and the open space known as ‘Badger’s Glen’ (pictured) to the south and west.
Having initially been approved by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council last November, residents submitted an appeal to An Bord Pleanala with their elected Town Planner, Raymond O’Malley of Kiaran O’Malley & Co, Town Planners, Stillorgan.
The Bord rejected the plans on a variety of grounds which echoed the concerns of local residents, from overdevelopment to its visual impact.
John Clinch said: “Given that a significant portion of the subject site was located on lands zoned ‘F’ [which allows for residential, educational and a number of commercial uses], it was determined that the proposed development would have materially contravened the zoning objective set out in the current development plan.
“Major concerns for local residents were the lack of car-parking facilities on Landscape Road, particularly in light of the relatively recent introduction of the driving test centre onto Landscape Road, as well as the deficiencies in the existing foul sewage system and the threat to the waterway.”
Many local residents were involved in the preparation of submissions to the council, while Deputy Josepha Madigan (FG) also welcomed the Bord’s decision, saying that the proposed plans were unsuitable for the site.
She told The Gazette: “The proposed development did not take sewerage or water pressure problems into account; there has not been anywhere near enough provision for parking and the location, situated on a busy junction, presents significant access problems for emergency services.
“Furthermore, the site does not include any recreational area. It does not provide the necessary facilities to provide comfortable accommodation.
“The development is overly commercialised to be suitable for the accommodation of a large number of older people.”
The residents’ association also wanted to give particular recognition to Wendy Hunter, Carrie Barrett, Frances O’Fiachan and May Casey for their “persistent and tireless work in highlighting this matter and bringing it to its finality”.

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