LOCAL politicians have said they are disappointed and dismayed at An Bord Pleanala’s decision to uphold permission for a mixed-use development on the SIAC site at the top of Woodford Hill and Monastery Road.
The controversial development, which has been the subject of ongoing protest and objection, was finally approved last week, with permission for 346 residential units granted.
An Bord Pleanala’s decision granted permission for a scaled-down version of SIAC’s original plans. Their decision on planning applications is final, and no further appeals process is open to residents.
Deputy Robert Dowds (Lab) said that it was now up to SIAC to “become good neighbours”.
He said: “As someone who lodged an objection to the development, I am calling on SIAC to change their attitude and become good neighbours to the people near them.
“They need to work with local people to ensure that whatever they do on their site is done with the minimum disruption to the community and that there is some benefit for local people.”
Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald (FG) described the decision as “extremely disappointing”.
She said: “I am extremely disappointed by An Bord Pleanala’s refusal of our appeal and utterly dismayed by the decision of the bord to extend their planning permission grant from five years to 10.”
Along with Cllr Tony Delaney (FG), she had submitted an appeal to the plan.
Minister Fitzgerald added: “Tony and I have worked with the community on this issue since day one. Our campaign led to a decrease of activity on this site, and a scaling-down of the proposal, but there is still much concern locally regarding this development.
“Residents from right across Clondalkin objected to the planning application, signed petitions expressing their opposition to this development, and we appealed the grant decision to An Bord Pleanala.
“In their judgement, the bord says that this is an ‘appropriate form of development’, but I remain convinced that 380 residential units in 18 blocks, scaling to eight stories, in addition to retail units and commercial units, represents an overscaling of this site.
“I appreciate that the bord has set out 42 conditions to be complied with, and have requested revised site layout plans, but I feel that the evidence given by the SIAC Action Group at the oral hearing has not been adequately reflected in their determination,” she said.
Minister Fitzgerald paid tribute to the hard work and expertise volunteered by residents in the run-up to and throughout the oral hearing.
“The SIAC Appeal Action Group, made up of local residents led by Mairead Carey, gathered important information from local schools, businesses and residents’ associations, and played a key role in preparing for the oral hearing,” she said.