Motion calling for DCC to launch judicial review over St Anne’s passed

by Rachel Darcy

A motion was passed at last Monday’s monthly meeting of Dublin City Council (DCC), calling on the council to lodge a High Court challenge against a decision made by An Bord Pleanala (ABP) to approve apartments at St Anne’s Park.

However, DCC has said that it will not seek a judicial review of the decision, with the council’s head of planning, Richard Shakespeare, telling The Irish Times that he could see “no valid reason” to pursue the matter in court.

The motion was lodged by Cllr Donna Cooney (GP), after the planning authority granted permission for more than 650 apartments to be built on lands adjacent to the Raheny park.

Approval for the development was given to Crekav Trading, part of Marlet Property Group, in mid-February.

This was despite recommendations from DCC’s chief executive, Owen Keegan, for ABP to reject the plans.

The development – located on former playing fields beside St Paul’s College – has been the subject of protest amongst local politicians and residents since plans were initially proposed for the development more than two years ago.

A judicial review of a prior application to develop houses and apartments on the site by the same developer had been lodged by local residents and environmentalists, with the recently approved application for an apartment-only development replacing earlier plans.

In a Facebook comment, Cllr Cooney said: “How can [Shakespeare] have given opinion or real consideration only one day after the motion passed, without even listening or meeting with councillors to hear valid reasons?

“It may be an executive decision, but we have a democratic mandate.

“This motion got the full support of the council and was signed by the Lord Mayor.

“I will be seeking a meeting with DCC executive, [its] legal department and planners so we can present to them our valid reasons for a judicial review.”

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