South Dublin locals have come against plans that were lodged for 250 apartments on Glenamuck Road in Carrickmines.
Bowbeck DAC have applied to An Bord Pleanala for permission for a sixstorey housing development located at Golf Lane.
The development would consist of apartments ranging from one to three beds, a creche, a residents’ gym and a resident’s amenity space.
Local residents’ Facebook page ‘Kilternan, Glenamuck & Carrickmines Areas’ reacted negatively towards the news and said the proposed development would cause “more pressure on the already creaking infrastructure in Dublin 18”.
One person commented: “The Glenamuck Road is a joke. Infrastructure should be in place before any housing built!”
Another wrote: “Housing density in Carrickmines will be higher than the inner city at this rate.” While another local welcomed the proposed plans, however stated that the Glenamuck Rd is “becoming very clotted” and believes that the “road needs widening and surfacing”.
Chair of The Kilternan, Glenamuck & Carrickmines Residents Association Aileen Eglington said there are huge traffic concerns and that the locals are “not against housing” but rather they are “against inappropriate development”.
“I think the general feeling is that the roads cannot cope with all of this,” said Ms Eglington.
“First of all, the National Transport Authority seemed to have a policy of not having too much development on motorways, yet this is allowed. That junction around Carrickmines is mad.
“Also, no-one is looking at the traffic management from the M50 from Junction 15 down to the N11 and into Kilmacanogue. [It’s] crazy so many days.”
Ms Eglington added there is also concern over the lack of facilities for families in the area.
“[My] other concern is that we are building apartments for families yet no facilities [There’s] no green space in these areas unless you drive to Marlay or Cabinteely Park or wherever. [There’s] nowhere to walk to.
“Planning seems to be dictated by developers and not by the council.
“My own view is we should have more family living in this semi-rural area, and higher up in the city where rental accommodation is needed for our fast-growing city and our immigrant working population.
“I think we really need to get across the idea that people are not against housing, people are against inappropriate development.
“Development should be driven by people’s need, not development profit on sites that cost too much in the first place.”