An Bord Pleanala has approved an application for the construction of hundreds of new homes on a prime St Teresa’s site in Blackrock.

Developer Paddy McKillen Junior’s ‘Oakmount’ development is located on lands formerly owned by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.

The development at Temple Hill will be comprised of 291 apartments.

284 of the units will be distributed across 13 blocks – ranging from one to eight storeys in height.

Six units will be accommodated within the existing protected structure of St Teresa’s House following its subdivision and conversion.

St Teresa’s Gate Lodge, a site of contention over the past few months will be dismantled and relocated to another area within the grounds. Locals campaigned to retain the protected structure in situ but it will now be converted to a one-bedroom apartment.

“I am disappointed that An Bord Pleanala has granted permission to the developers for the “dismantling and relocation” of the period Gate Lodge which is a designated Protected Structure,” says Independent Senator Victory Boyhan.

“This decision sets a bad precedent for heritage buildings, and now raises serious questions for Architectural Heritage Protection, and its importance within planning authorities and An Bord Pleanala,” he says.

Local resident and campaigner, Denise O’Neill has also expressed her dismay at the granting of permission to dismantle the protected structure.

“I am beyond disappointed and completely disillusioned at ABP’s decision re. The Gate Lodge and other issues pertaining to the decision to grant planning on this development with just minor tweaking.

“The councillors voted unanimously in favour of retaining the Lodge in situ.

“The Dept. Heritage, Culture & Gaeltacht, An Taisce, local councillors and a local member of the Oireachtas Housing Committee, as well as local residents, all sent in submissions to ABP to retain the lodge and on other matters.”

The build will include a new creche, resident’s clubhouse and a woodland park area. 272 cars, 666 bicycles and 20 motorcycles will also be accommodated for.