Plans for a major housing development near St Anne’s Park have been resubmitted by developers, after previous permission for the building was overturned.
More than 530 homes were planned for playing fields near St Anne’s Park by Crekav Trading, which is part of developer Marlet.
Permission was originally granted for the development, but this was then met with a judicial review by several groups from the area.
Many locals have condemned the size of the build, whilst there is also concern over the grazing of Brent Geese on the land for a period of time. Brent Geese are a protected species.
Following judicial review, permission was refused for construction to go ahead on a technicality. Crekav then launched another Judicial Review against the refusal, which is still on-going.
However, an application was resubmitted for the homes to An Bord Pleanala by Crekav on May 24.
The planning board confirmed the re-submission of the plans to Dublin Gazette, saying that it “has been lodged as a Stage 1 pre-application with [An Bord Pleanala]”.
Cllr Jane Horgan-Jones (Labour) told Dublin Gazette: “It isn’t surprising that the developer has chosen to ‘hedge his bets’ by preparing a new planning application for this site.
“However, the fact remains that the zoning on this site is entirely inappropriate for the type of applications being lodged.
“While housing supply is a priority for the council, developer-led profit-driven planning that erodes the green lungs of the city is not the solution to this problem.”
The site is currently zoned as GZT, General Zone Type, which means the land is open for a number of eligable developments, including residential.
Social Democrats’ Cllr Donna Cooney referenced that the playing pitches have become known as one of the most “significant feeding areas and habitats for Brent Geese”.
She said: “The playing fields are co-existing with Brent Geese. Children have been playing on those pitches for decades and the Brent Geese have been feeding there for just as long, and the two have perfectly co-existed.
“There’s bats that are protected under the EU habitat directive, and badgers and other wildlife by the pitches, and if they bring light into this area where there’s usually darkness at night, this will cause light pollution and affect the species that are presently around.
“I need to study the plans in their entirety but at first glance it appears that they’re very much high-density, the number of apartments is still high. They don’t seem to be retaining any more of the habitat than in previous plans.”
A decision is expected on the planning application by An Bord Pleanala by July 25.