Residents of Ballyboden are eagerly anticipating An Bord Pleanala’s decision on plans for a 396-unit high-rise apartment complex proposed for the old St Augustinian’s Order site on Taylor’s Lane.
The development, originally submitted earlier this summer, has been proposed by property developers Shannon Homes under the Strategic Housing Development scheme (SHD).
However, Ballyboden Tidy Towns is strongly objecting to the scheme claiming it “will wreak a multi-generational legacy of damage” and “irreversibly damage its ecological habitat,” while “collapsing the local road infrastructure”.
Spokesperson for the group, Angela O’Donoghue says the group has raised a number of concerns to ABP relating to the proposal which includes the removal of the “entire site’s tree canopy.”
“We estimate that just seven trees are to remain in an area with a specific local objective to protect and retain trees,” she told Dublin Gazette.
Other issues raised by the group include the demolition of the existing Georgian-era house, as well as the pitch and putt course, St Joseph’s Youth Club, basketball, and tennis courts.
The group also says the proposal will breach the South Dublin County Council Climate Action Plan, negatively affecting bat species, otters and kingfishers living on the grounds or in the nearby Odendoher River.
“They even state there is no bird breeding potential along this watercourse despite the acknowledged landmark natural linkages onsite by Irish Wildlife Trust and SDCC,” said Angela.
Plans lodged say the residential units will be divided into three apartment blocks ranging from two to seven storeys in height with 327 parking spaces envisioned.
The site at Taylor’s Lane was purchased by Shannon Homes in November 2019 from the Augustinians for €20m.
The sale of the land has also been criticised by Ballyboden Tidy Towns which claims the order broke “public promises and written assurances to provide community facilities”.
Ballyboden Tidy Towns has launched an online fundraising page to finance a potential judicial review should the bord grant planning permission.
In a statement, the group said: “Ballyboden Tidy Towns are raising monies to engage the services of planning & legal consultants to fight this dreadful development which will devastate the heart of Ballyboden Village its streetscape and character.”
A decision on the development is expected next week. Shannon Homes was contacted but did not respond for comment on the issues raised.