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  • Southside

Council rejects apartment plan

Friday, 15th June, 2018 6:00pm

Story by Tony McCullagh
Council rejects apartment plan

Local residents pictured at the Golden Ball pub in Kilternan. Photo: Darren Kinsella

Council rejects apartment plan

Local residents pictured at the Golden Ball pub in Kilternan. Photo: Darren Kinsella

KILTERNAN Glenamuck Residents’ Association has welcomed a decision by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to refuse planning permission for an apartment complex beside the Golden Ball pub.

There had been widespread local opposition to the planning application, which sought permission to build a six-storey block of 97 housing units.

The council stated that that the proposal, by reason of its height, bulk and scale, would represent an overdevelopment of the site, at an excessive density and in material contravention of the provisions of the Kilternan Glenamuck Local Area Plan 2013-2019.

It believed that the development, by itself or by precedent, would adversely affect the use of the Enniskerry Road by traffic and would interfere with the character of the surrounding landscape.

Chairperson of Kilternan Glenamuck Residents’ Association, Aileen Eglington, pointed out that the area has been rezoned for housing development for a number of years but the recession had slowed down building.

“Our association, together with local schools and residents in the area, contributed hugely to the Local Area Plan for Kilternan Glenamuck which came into being in 2013,” she said. “That LAP sought to recognise Kilternan as being in the rural part of the county and to protect the mountains and views and also ensure that the existing village would grow holistically.”

She added: As a result, planning of height and density was layered, so that the most density was away from the mountains and closer to the Luas and M50. This has been clear since 2013.”

Ms Eglington said the council had made the correct decision by refusing planning permission.

“We all think that councils must manage growth and manage landscapes for future generations,” she told Southside People. “This is nothing to do with housing stock - this is to do with getting it right in terms of planning.”

It has been reported that the developers intend to appeal the council’s decision to An Bord Pleanála.

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