Residents slate plan for high-rise blocks

by Staff Reporter

BLACKROCK residents have expressed concern over Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s plans to allow high-rise apartments to be built in the area.

They expressed shock at the council’s inclusion of high-rise apartments, some up to five-storeys high, in the Blackrock Area Plan.

The Local Area Plan is now on display. Councillors will meet on September 9 to vote on whether or not to allow it through as it is or to alter it.

Catherine Curran, a resident of Temple Road, said: “The traffic is bumper to bumper [in Blackrock] – and that’s during a recession.

“I dread to think what the impact will be on the traffic if hundreds of extra cars join Temple Hill from the proposed development.  Alternative exits for the residents are a must.

“I’m appalled at the thought that this could be replaced with a row of five-storey high apartment blocks with balconies looking down into our homes.”

In the plan, the proposed four- and five-storey apartment blocks are situated on lands running from Temple Road to Newtown Park Avenue.

Resident Marie Doherty said: “This area is crying out for more family homes, not high-rise [apartments].”

A council spokesperson said: “The manager’s report on all submissions received during the public consultation period will be considered by the members at the county council meeting on September 9.”

Cllr Niamh Bhreathnach (Lab) said: “It’s up to the councillors …  to bring some sense to these proposals.”

Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) said: “I have lodged with the council a number of motions that will seek to address local residents’ concerns in relation to proposed building heights on designated land.”

The Blackrock Area Plan can be viewed online at www.dlrcoco.ie/media/media,9396,en.pdf.

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