There’s a new twist in the St Anne’s pitch development saga

by Rachel Darcy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A community group in Clontarf have said that there is a “substantial threat” as the refusal of permission for building development on the playing fields at St Anne’s is being challenged legally.

LoveClontarf, a popular local Facebook page, has said the property developers behind the controversial housing build on the playing fields at St Anne’s have “sought and were granted leave” to take a judicial review of An Bord Pleanala’s decision to refuse planning permission.

Initially, Crekav Trading were granted permission to carry out the building of 104 houses and 432 apartments through a fast-track system that bypassed local authorities in the planning process.

However, this was overturned after widespread criticism from local councillors, residents and Dublin City Council.

An Bord Pleanala said the refusal on appeal was due to the large number of Brent Geese in the area, as St Anne’s is one of their primary habitats.

On Facebook, LoveClontarf said: “On November 1, Crekav sought and were granted leave to take a judicial review of An Bord Pleanala’s decision to refuse planning permission for 104 houses and 432 apartments in 5- and 8-storey blocks on the St Paul’s playing fields.

“This means that Crekav is now challenging the legality of the board’s decision to refuse permission, just as we challenged the legality of the board’s original decision to grant permission.

“While LoveClontarf are not a party to these proceedings, Judge Barniville, who will hear the case, directed that we are served with a copy of the papers in case we wished to be joined in the proceedings.

“Our legal team are currently reviewing the papers and considering the various legal avenues now open to us. The threat of development at St Paul’s, with all that this implies for St Anne’s park, remains substantial.”

Dublin Gazette contacted Crekav Trading in relation to the issues raised but had not received a reply by deadline.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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