Carrickmines locals object to build of 22-storey building

by Sylvia Pownall

Locals in Carrickmines have objected to plans to build what would be one of Dublin’s tallest buildings.

Developers Bowbeck DAC have lodged an application with An Bord Pleanala for a complex of seven apartment blocks up to 22 storeys in height on a five-acre site just off the M50.

The application is being made under the Strategic Housing Development regulations which means it can bypass the local council and go straight to ABP.

But Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab) is vehemently opposed and says she is “not a fan” of this type of development.

She said: “It’s a planning application, anything that goes over 100 units, that goes directly to An Bord Pleanala. My issue with this is it further erodes democracy.

“My problem is if you’re living in a two-storey house, do you want a 22-storey apartment (block) beside you?

“I think any reasonably minded person would not think that’s appropriate. That’s my view, and it’s the view of the people who elect me.”

Cllr McCarthy said the area will be over-populated, since the nearby largescale Cherrywood development will bring in an additional 25,000 residents to the area.

She said she was “horrified” and dismayed that an application of this kind “in such a beautiful, picturesque part of Dublin” could even be considered.

Cllr McCarthy said the site leads to Carrickmines Golf Course which borders the proposed national heritage area of Dingle Glen which is “a particularly sensitive part of our county”.

She also argued that Luas capacity is already over-burdened and high-density tower block conditions are not appropriate in light of Covid-19 and lockdowns.

Developers say the proposed scheme “includes landscaping, boundary treatments, public, private and communal open space (including roof terraces) and pedestrian crossings”.

The Golf Lane development would include 482 units in total plus a gym, a shop and childcare facilities. Plans provide for seven blocks ranging from six storeys to 22 storeys at the highest point.

The plans in full can be viewed at golflaneshd2020.ie.

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