Glasnevin Smurfit site plans rejected by planning board

by Sylvia Pownall

Plans to build 240 apartments on the site of the former Smurfit printworks factory in Glasnevin have been rejected by An Bord Pleanala.

The bord turned down an application by Scanron under the fast-track strategic housing regulations for an apartment complex on the Botanic Road site.

It is the fourth attempt by the developers to get planning permission for the site having already been refused schemes for 74 houses and 63 apartments.

The third application – for 43 houses and 88 apartments – was granted in 2016 but only 35 houses were completed and a subsequent application to build 299 apartments was rejected.

Under the latest plans five apartment blocks ranging in height from five to seven storeys would have been built along with a café, crèche, medical centre, swimming pool, cinema and gym.

In its ruling An Bord Pleanala said the proposed development did not provide an “optimal design solution” in light of its proximity to De Courcy Square and the Botanic Gardens.

It said the plans would be contrary to the Government’s urban development and building height guidelines and the developer had not shown how it would integrate or enhance the public realm.

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