Permission has been granted by An Bord Pleanala for an apartment development on Taylor’s Lane in Ballyboden, despite South Dublin County Council objecting to the project.
The strategic housing development is expected to consist of 496 apartments, ranging from five to seven storeys in height. There will also be 372 car parking spaces, and 1144 bicycle parking spaces, as well as a ‘new public park’ along Taylor’s Lane, according to the plans.
Plans for the development on the former Augustine site were originally submitted in late May by property developers Shannon Homes. The site was purchased by the developers in November 2019 for €20m.
In response to An Bord Pleanala’s decision, local TD Colm Brophy (FG) said: “I’m deeply disappointed with this result. I objected to the scale of this project.
“It is an over development of the site, the proposed apartment blocks are too high and the traffic chaos that already exists will be worsened by the additional housing units in an already crowded area.”
Residents of the Ballyboden area have responded on social media to the news, saying the decision to approve the development is ‘disappointing’, considering that South Dublin County Council had objected to the plans.
Local groups including Ballyboden Tidy Towns have opposed the plans, saying that the development will put pressure on local roads, in addition to damaging the ecological habitat on the site, and its surroundings.
Ballyboden Tidy Towns has launched an online fundraising page to finance a potential judicial review, and have been contacted for comment. Shannon Homes have also been contacted for comment.