Plan for apartments near St Anne’s Park opposed by Keegan

by Rachel Darcy

Dublin City Council chief Owen Keegan has written to An Bord Pleanala recommending that permission for an apartment development adjacent to St Anne’s Park be refused.

Plans were lodged in late 2019 for 657 apartments near the park in Raheny by Crekav Trading, a subsidiary of Marlet Property Group.

This is the second set of plans lodged for the site, after an initial application in 2018 for 104 houses and 432 apartments was rejected by An Bord Pleanala.

The new application, lodged in October 2019, states that the developers are looking to build nine blocks, ranging in height from five to nine storeys across the 65,125sq m site at St Paul’s College.

The application, which was made directly to An Bord Pleanala (ABP) under the strategic housing development plan, details that there will be 224 one-bedroom apartments, 378 two-bed apartments and 55 three-bedroom units. Permission is also being sought for 499 car parking spaces and 1,646 bicycle parking spaces.

The development has long been opposed by councillors and residents in the locality, with several protests held in the park against the proposed development.

Now, in a document circulated to councillors, Dublin City Council’s chief executive Owen Keegan has said that he recommends the rejection of the project, saying that the proposed development isn’t consistent with the Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022.

The report said: “The proposed development is not considered to be consistent with the Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022 and with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

“The Planning Authority submits this report to An Bord Pleanala … and recommends that An Bord Pleanala refuse permission for the proposed development for the reasons and considerations outlined below.”

The report went on to outline that the Natura Impact Statement that was submitted ‘has not demonstrated that the evidence given supports the assertion that no impact arises to the populations of protected Brent goose, black-tailed godwit or curlew of Dublin Bay’.

It also detailed that ‘it is considered that the proposed development would, therefore, materially contravene a development objective GI23 indicated in the Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022 for the protection of European sites, and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area’.

Advocacy group ‘I Love St Anne’s’ posted the news to their Facebook page late last week, voicing their support for Keegan’s report. Several residents also echoed in the comments of the post that permission for the application should be denied.

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