An Bord Pleanala (ABP) has granted planning permission to Castlethorn to construct 72 residential units on the Old Bray Road in Cabinteely village.

The proposed development comprises of the demolition of the ‘Cartref’ house, the ‘Ards’ house, the construction of three, five-storey building consisting of 46 apartments, the construction of 26 houses and 103 car parking spaces.

Bicycle shelters and a pedestrian link adjoining Cabinteely Stream at Brennanstown are also included in the plans.

Although 15 objections were submitted to ABP, the Bord decided that “the proposed development would not seriously injure the amenities of property in the vicinity, would not adversely impact on the character of the are and would be acceptable in terms of traffic and safety and convenience.”

One objection to the development was concerning the potential for high-density traffic in Cabinteely Village created by the influx of extra cars.

“Proposed development will have a detrimental impact on Cabinteely Village and surrounding area. The village is already congested, and the cul-de-sac is too narrow to support the volume of traffic the development will generate,” read one objection.

Other objections were based on the impact on archaeological heritage, the felling of trees currently located on the site and the overall scale and height proposed.

The development was originally granted permission in January but the decision was appealed by locals in the area.

Fianna Fail Cllr Cormac Devlin of the Dun Laoghaire ward, said: “This site was subject to a previous planning application back in 2008 for 127 apartments but that was refused planning.

“This most recent application is of different design but for less units. The decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant permission will surprise some residents who thought the developer may go for more units than the 72 recently approved.