Nutgrove apartment block halted

by Gazette Reporter

Plans for a controversial apartment block in the Nutgrove area of Rathfarnham have been shot down by An Bord Pleanala.

Residents who feared the scheme would become a short cut for drunken concert goers attending the Longitude music festival had voiced their concerns.

ABP upheld the decision of South Dublin County Council to refuse planning for 24 apartments on the site of a former Esso filling station on Nutgrove Avenue.

Developer, Siro Logistic Services, had sought approval for the construction of the apartment complex in two four-storey blocks.

A number of objectors, including Stonepark and Longwood Residents Committees as well as former Fine Gael councillors Paula Donovan and Conor McMahon, opposed the development.

An Bord Pleanála concluded the proximity of the scheme to several houses in Stonepark Orchard would have a significant negative impact on the properties.

It ruled the apartment blocks would overlook gardens and would represent an “overbearing visual impact and visual intrusion.”

The board claimed the developer had also failed to show due regard for the prevailing height of other buildings in the area and ruled the development would not integrate well into the surrounding streetscape

According to the board, its design was contrary to ministerial guidelines on building heights, while its “bulky and visually incongruous appearance” was also criticised.

The developer said its plans were similar to other apartment developments in the area including Loretto Abbey and Hazel Brook Square and it accused the council of “a lack of clarity and consistency” in relation to building heights.

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