Move to protect lodge is passed

by Gazette Reporter
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RESIDENTS’ fears that an historic gate lodge at the entrance of the Daughters of Charity lands could be demolished to make way for a roundabout at the junction of Temple Hill have been addressed.
The gate lodge is now in the process of getting protected status, along with two other buildings in the county, which could prevent their demolition.
At a recent draft county development plan meeting, councillors voted unanimously to grant protected status to the lodge, along with Dun Leary House, and the old Wash House in Dun Laoghaire.
Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind), whose motion it was to protect the gate lodge, as part of the Blackrock local area plan, said: “I very much welcome the decision to designate Dun Leary House; the old ‘Wash House’ building on Kelly’s Avenue, and the period double-fronted Gate Lodge at the main entrance to Dun Ardagh, Temple Hill in Blackrock.”
Cllr Kate Feeney (FF) said: “I was delighted that we were able to add additional security to the Gate Lodge, and reassurance to residents.”
Other changes to the Blackrock local area plan include height restrictions at Temple Hill and Dunardagh, where potential building has been reduced from four- and five-storey development to three- and four-storey, with the latter being assigned a sloping area.
This was on foot of submissions made by St Vincent’s Park Residents’ Association.
Association member Denise O’Neill told The Gazette: “It is a good and reasonable compromise. The council has taken on board the opinions of the residents.”
Cllr Deirdre Kingston (Lab) said: “Crucially, the new building heights do not actually affect the densities, so we are still very much in line with national guidelines.”
The draft county development plan 2016-22 goes out to public consultation from next month.

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