High Court quashes proposed Goatstown development

by Gary Ibbotson

A High Court judge has quashed planning permission given for the development of a 132-unit complex at Our Lady’s Grove’s school site in Goatstown.

Permission for the development was originally granted by An Bord Pleanala (ABP) before local resident Michael Redmond filed for a judicial review without legal representation.

The proposal was filed with by Durkan Estates Clonskeagh Limited who wished to construct 113 apartments and 19 houses on the site.

Justice Garrett Simons ruled that the proposed development contradicted the Development Plan 2016-2022 in regard to the density of the construction and available open space.

It was also found ABP failed to address the question of a possible future expansion of the existing schools on the site and why it disagreed with the initial recommendation to refuse permission.

In a statement, Roebuck Resident’s Association said it welcomes “Judge Simons’ ruling in the recent High Court judicial review.

“Roebuck Residents’ Association sees this ruling as a vindication of the democratic process that has been compromised by the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) process.

“The judgement respects Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s conclusion that planning permission for this development ought to have been refused.

“It also respects the views of two local residents’ associations, many local residents, and parents of children attending the schools on the campus, that the scale and composition of this development were inappropriate for the school campus site.”

The residents association also said it welcomes Justice Simons’ ruling that any future planning application must retain 25% of the site as public open space, which can be used by the schools and childcare facility.

Provisions for tree protection, maintenance of the open character of the lands, retention of sufficient space for the expansion of the schools will also have to be accommodated for in any potential future proposal.

Roebuck Residents Association said it would also like to applaud “the extremely impressive achievement,” of local resident Michael Redmond who filed the case without legal representation.

“We offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to him for all his hard work, and for representing the local community so ably,” it said.

Durkan Estates Clonskeagh Limited had not replied for comment by the time of publication.

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