Braemor Road: Contentious site once again target of development

by Gary Ibbotson

A plot of land on the Braemor Road near Milltown is once again the target of planning permission as property developer Downey is applying for the construction of 32 apartments on the site.

Back in 2016, developers proposed the construction of a four-storey nursing home on the site which was granted permission by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council before an appeal was lodged with An Bord Pleanala by local residents.

At the time, ABP decided to reject the permission on numerous grounds that were also voiced by residents – from over-development to its negative visual impact.

Now, Downey are proposing the construction of apartment blocks ranging from three to six storeys in height on the plot of land which originally housed a petrol station.

Numerous objections to the Braemor Road development have been filed to the county council by residents once again.

Objections to the development are based on the potential environmental impact of the build, the unprecedented height of the proposed blocks in a largely low-lying neighbourhood, the inadequacies of the local sewage system and a portion of the land being zoned as to “protect and preserve Trees and Woodlands.”

Green Party TD Catherine Martin, who originally opposed the build back in 2016, also has concerns about the recent proposal.

“The proposed development on the car wash site beside Badger’s Glen seems to raise similar concerns to applications that have been refused on that site in the past – particularly the negative environmental impact on Badger’s Glen, its wildlife and biodiversity, and the size and scale of the development on what is a very small site.”

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