Court challenge over concerns regarding bat species in Dublin 7

by Gazette Reporter

A High Court challenge has been brought over the construction of apartments on grounds that it may negatively affect local bat species.

An Bord Pleanala has granted permission to Lilacstone Ltd for 18 apartments at the site of a protected structure known as Stone Villa, at North Circular Road, Dublin 7.

Shadowmill Ltd, a company made up of local residents opposed to the development, has brought High Court judicial review proceedings seeking to have the Bord’s decision quashed.

Shadowmill claims that the permission is flawed on several grounds. It is claimed that the proposed development will result in the loss of significant tree cover and natural habitats, as well as the renovation of Stone Villa itself.

A survey of the site identified that three species of bat use the site for foraging and commuting, while Stone Villa was identified as having the potential to house bat roosts.

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