Residents vow to stop Oatlands project next

by Alen McMahon

MOUNT Merrion residents have vowed to fight the new Oatlands development, which they say is “a perfect example of the ill-conceived developments being encouraged by the council”.
The proposal is to build 63 residential units, including two four-storey blocks of apartments, on a 1.1-hectare site which was part of the Oatlands school and monastery grounds.
The regular entrance to the site is through Woodlands Avenue, and the site also has an entrance via the Old Dublin Road.
However, the developer, with the agreement of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, has purchased a house in Cherrygarth, which he proposes to demolish and use as an entrance to the planned development.
Tom Fahey, Mount Merrion Residents’ Association (MMRA) spokesperson, said that while they are “fully supportive of sustainable and balanced development, we consider it vital that the planning mistakes of the past are not repeated”.
He added: “The proposed development will, if it proceeds, cause serious traffic, safety problems and a flood risk on Trees Road and Cherrygarth.
“The proposal removes playground and sports amenities from both Oatlands primary and secondary schools and removes any scope for expansion of school facilities, destroys the existing residential environment and results in totally unsuitable development.”
Cllr Deirdre Donnelly (Ind) said she is “deeply disturbed” by the plans, which she fears will “consist of a number of apartments that will overlook the school grounds”.
“There is a very serious child protection issue here,” she added.
Minister Shane Ross told The Gazette that the “succession of planning encroachments in Mount Merrion bodes ill for the future of the area”.
He said: “The needs of developers are taking precedence over the lifestyles of long-¬time residents. All representatives should join together to preserve the character of the neighbourhood.”

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