Local residents at Kilmacud Road Upper are concerned that a proposed 255 apartment complex will attract unwelcome problems to the low-rise, residential area.

Property developer Marlet received planning application in 2017 for 120 apartments on the Green Acres site, a former convent bounded on two sides by Airfield urban barn.

However, Crekav Trading GP, a subsidiary to Marlet, have proposed to more than double the planned apartments after the group bought two adjoining properties – Drumahill House and a passageway linking it and Green Acres.

An Bord Pleanala has given the green light to Crekav to submit a fast-track planning application for 255 apartments as a strategic housing development.

Marlet’s previous plans for Green Acres included blocks ranging from two to five storeys, as well as a communal room at roof level on one of the blocks.

However, some residents are concerned that the proposed development will bring problems to an area unfit for large scale construction.

Pamela Mitchell, a local in the area says: “For a start the road is so narrow that it will definitely bring more traffic.

“The county plan also recommended that multi-storey development was not suitable. This is the crest of a hill, we’re at the highest point here.

“We are also on a reduced water pressure so there is concern as to how there would be enough to supply the development.

“It’s way out of keeping with the area,” she says.

“We’ve heard nothing from the council.”

Green Party councillor Daniel Dunne says: “This is likely going to be another build-to-rent development snapped up by a ‘cuckoo’ fund. Big money investors with deep pockets are pushing local people and families out of this area and driving up rents.

“The government need to review the taxation and regulation of these funds urgently.

“Members of the public can make submissions on a Strategic Housing application to An Bord Pleanála; councillors do not have a special role in this process under the current legislation,” Dunne says.