Appeal lodged for Ballymun business as new build rejected

by Rachel Darcy

An appeal has been lodged to An Bord Pleanala to build a number of apartments on Ballymun Road, after Dublin City Council refused permission for the project in May.

The application was originally made earlier this year by Glenella Foods, which owns the Eurospar shop on Ballymun Road.

Permission was sought to develop 14 one-bedroom apartments with balconies, extending the height of the existing building up to four floors.

Office space and other ancillary works were also included in the planning application, but Dublin City Council (DCC) refused permission for the project on a number of grounds.

In their refusal of the development, DCC said that the proposed development “in its current form would provide for a poor standard of residential amenity to future occupants”, and also said that the development is contrary to the Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022.

Inspectors also said that the “excessive height and monolithic design” of the development would have an adverse impact on the local area and would “injure the amenities of the property in the vicinity”.

A local residents group, Wadelai Residents Association, submitted an overall observation to the plans on behalf of residents in the area, in addition to numerous residents lodging their own observations on the project.

Many of the objections referenced a lack of parking in the locality as is, and that the area can already be dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists without the additional foot and vehicle traffic that the apartments would bring.

Now, the decision to refuse permission is being appealed by Glenella Foods to An Bord Pleanala (APB), which is set to make a decision on same by October 16.

The appeal was lodged on June 13, meaning that ABP have four months to decide on the fate of the project.

The appeal lodged to ABP references the height of the proposed build, contesting that the extension of the height of the existing building will be the first of many on Ballymun Road to go up in height.

The appeal said: “A proper vision for this area … is that each and every two-storey house will have at least one extra storey added, thus the context is changed, and the difference between the proposed structure and the houses is only one or two storeys.

“It should not take too much planning ‘vision’ to see the obvious potential here and throughout this and every area [of Ballymun].”

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